Meet Dr. Stinson

Rev. Dr. Sanja R. Stinson is the founding pastor of Victory & Grace Christian Church, Chicago. She serves as the apostolic covering for True Love Christian Church-Chicago and oversees two churches in Ghana, West Africa and Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has served as part of the prison ministry where she visited women in Cook County Jail, teaching and providing counseling to the women.

She is also the founder of Dr. Sanja Stinson Ministries & Women on the Frontline International Fellowship. “Women on the Frontline” evolved from Dr. Stinson's Doctor of Ministry project which encouraged the development of a support group for women seeking to become pastoral leaders. The group meets at least quarterly to share and learn from each other. In February 2015, Dr. Stinson began hosting an internet television show called, "Women on the Frontline International Fellowship” as a "live" internet TV broadcast. The show features women pastoral leaders discussing a range of community and professional. It airs every Friday & Monday @ 8:00 p.m. on the Christ Family Network,

Dr. Stinson's educational accomplishments provide a model for all. She earned her Bachelor's degree from DePaul University, a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, Master of Education and earned Doctorate of Ministry from Northern Theological Seminary. She also has an honorary Doctors of Divinity degree from Ramah School of Theology. Dr. Stinson mentors seminarians, both male and female, who are pursuing various higher educational degrees in ministry. She serves as a Field Study Supervisor for McCormick Theological Seminary for graduate students who intern at Matthew House.

Among Rev. Dr. Sanja R. Stinson's greatest accomplishment is that she becoming the founding and current CEO/Executive Director of Matthew House Inc., Chicago celebrating 25th years. Matthew House is a daytime emergency service and supportive service center for homeless men, women, and children. Matthew House feeds an average of 65 persons daily, six days a week. Located at 3722 S. Indiana Avenue, Matthew House’s services include case management service, job readiness training, two hot meals, shower services, healthcare, housing assistance, services as the property manager for 63 units of supportive housing for the homeless and more.

Under Dr. Stinson's leadership, Matthew House has expanded its services to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Since its founding in 1992, Matthew House has provided more than 800,000 meals and services to 13,356 unduplicated individuals. As an advocate for the homeless, Dr. Sanja R. Stinson has served as an organizer/supporter with the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, assist with research pertaining to the aging homeless and so much more. Dr. Stinson also served as the first African American Board President for Deborah’s Place, one of the largest homeless organizations serving women and domestic violence victims.

Dr. Stinson is a game changer and one of her greatest passions is teaching leadership principles to both men and women. She is currently working on two books with expected publishing date in 2018.

From the very beginning of accepting my call to ministry and desired to pursue God’s purpose and calling for my life, I have personally been so blessed to be mentored some powerful men and women who gave me counsel,  were examples for me and shared resources that were priceless. I thank God every day for their example and all that they pour into me that has assisted me to continue the journey.

~ Rev. Dr. Sanja Stinson


2018 Phenomenal Woman
Sweet Rose of Sharon Ministries
Apostle Dr. Sharon Peters, Founder/CEO

2018 Woman of the Year Award
Xi Mu Zeta Graduate Chapter

2016 Women of Excellence Award
The Chicago Defender

Apostolic Alliance

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

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True Love Christian Church

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