Jim Stigall is a freelance storyteller and inspirational speaker. He is a member of the National Storytelling Network, Rivers and Prairies Storyweavers, and an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.
Jim has been a featured and regional teller at several storytelling festivals and celebrations in Missouri and Kansas.
He tell stories for all ages: pre-school thru senior citizens and for most audiences: civic organization, schools, clubs, retirement centers, and church services.
Dr. Stigall earned a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degrees in Special Education. He received both degrees at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Upon completing his degree Jim and his wife Jo Ann taught on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. Jim and his family returned to the Midwest where he was a teacher in a “Work/Study Program for Developmentally Disabled High School Students before entering ministry full time in 1975.
In 1978 he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from St Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1988 Jim earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at St Paul School of Theology in Gerontology. The topic of his Ministry Project was “Adult Education: Older Adults as Spiritual Directors”.
In 1985 Dr. Stigall was commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries as a missionary to the Alaska Missionary Conference. While a missionary in Alaska, Dr. Stigall was in service to the Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church serving as Chaplain to the Wesley Rehabilitation and Care Center in Seward. Dr. Stigall served in Alaska for seven years.
Dr. Stigall free time activities are: Grandchildren, Canoeing, Camping, and Reading and Writing Stories to tell.