About Sara Beekman

“Inspirational” -- the word most often used to describe Sara

Sara is a vibrant woman who has been in the fulltime Christian ministry since 1971. She served with CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 16 years and Church Resource Ministries for 3 years. In December, 1989, Sara and her late husband, Gene, founded a ministry called Revitalizing Churches, Inc., committed to helping Christians recapture, nurture and sustain their passion for God through prayer, Bible study and evangelism.

In 2010, Revitalizing Churches, Inc. began additional ministry work and became known as Stop To Pray, helping people enjoy deeper intimacy with Jesus through prayer and the transforming power of God's word.

Sara in a nutshell (in her own words):

Me – Crazy-in-love with my adorable grandchildren.  Love to laugh and have fun!  Enjoy going to garage sales.  Have a contagious passion to tell others about Jesus and inspire women to want to grow deeper in their walk with God.  Love meeting new people.  Whenever I asked my husband to stop at the grocery store to let me pick up one item, Gene would smile and say, “Please don’t make eye contact with anyone!”  J  Enjoy praying for strangers. 

Family – I had the privilege of being married to my sweetheart and best friend for 35 amazing years.  I enjoy sharing our love story and how God called me to walk by faith when Gene proposed to me.  Even though I didn’t have any romantic feelings for him, I stepped out in faith and said “Yes” to his proposal for marriage and that was the first time we kissed!  The Lord chose to take him home in 2009 and I have continued to experience God’s faithfulness in this season that is now without my precious sweetheart.  God has graciously chosen to use this journey to enable me to share with others how they too can find hope and encouragement in the midst of life’s storms. 

I also love spending time with my children - my son, Jonathan and his family and my daughter, Jennifer, all of whom live in California. My children and grandchildren are such a delight to me and I love spending as much time together as possible!

Sara's walk of faith as seen through the eyes of others

What a joy Sara is. Her passion for the Lord is contagious. As she shared her testimony with LIFT, about her life with Gene, the whole room was captivated. She makes you feel the joy and sorrow of their journey while always pointing back to the sovereignty of God. I treasure her testimony and her friendship.
— Pam Lyons, Former Director of LIFT
You are such a blessing and a challenge to me. You have such a radiant heart and I’m so thankful you share and shine for our Savior!
— Martha, Genesis Women's Retreat
I’m grateful for all the innumerable ways that God’s love shines through you, day in and day out.  You are truly an amazing woman of God, Sara, and there’s simply no other way to feel about you than love, mixed with deep affection, and more than a hint of awe.  You are lovely and loved.
— Myriam B.