Becky Sterken, Missionary, Enters the Presence of the Lord

The ABWE family mourns the loss of the 56-year-old devoted wife, mother, and Live Global worker.

It is with heavy hearts that ABWE announces the passing of Becky Sterken, 56, a beloved missionary who served with ABWE’s Live Global ministry (formerly Global Access Partners, GAP) alongside her husband Mark.

Becky peacefully passed away on Wednesday, April 12, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer.

Becky was born and raised in Michigan, growing up in a home where her father was a pastor. She came to know Christ at the young age of four and dedicated her life to full-time ministry as a teenager. She had a heart for missions from a young age and was actively involved in teaching and discipling in her local church. She also attended Grand Rapids Baptist School of the Bible and Music, furthering her biblical education.

In July 2010, Becky and Mark were appointed by ABWE to serve in Central America and the Caribbean. They have had a deep passion for facilitating growth in the church, working alongside national pastors to strengthen and encourage local churches and building partnerships between US churches and those in the Caribbean and Central America.

Becky is survived by three adult children, Kristina, Andrew, and Brianna— a source of great joy in her life.

Becky was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in January, and after her courageous fight, she entered the presence of Christ surrounded by loved ones. Her legacy of faith, dedication, and service in the mission field will continue to inspire and impact the lives of many.

Mark and Becky were members of Shelby Road Baptist Church in Shelby, Mich., which served as their sending church. They were supported and loved by their church family and Pastor Steven Lister.

For those in the area or able to travel, memorial services will take place in honor of Becky at Shelby Road Baptist Church on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. For more information, you can visit the Pray for Becky Facebook page.

Becky Sterken will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and the ABWE community. She leaves behind a legacy of unwavering faith, selfless service, and a heart for missions. We take comfort in knowing that she is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, rejoicing in his presence.