The seeds that would become RSVP Ministries were planted in the 1930's in San Jose, California by a passionate woman named Helen Baugh. At that time, Helen heard the call of God, and initiated an extensive prayer ministry, seeing a national need for God in the midst of the Great Depression. With a specific focus on women, she followed this by founding the very first Christian Business & Professional Women’s outreach. Soon after, she was joined by Mary Clark, former businesswoman and missionary, in leading the growing organization. To broaden their reach even further, Christian Women’s Clubs were introduced as an outreach to homemakers.
As the ministry grew steadily into the 1950's, and more and more women and their families where touched by the message of Jesus, a property was purchased in Kansas City, Missouri that would house staff offices, and the original ministry initiatives were consolidated under the name on the gate: "Stonecroft". At the same time, it became clear that quality resources were required to disciple those that were coming into a new relationship with Jesus, and the Stonecroft Resource Center was established.
In 1966, Stonecroft arrived in Canada, and the first initatives were run in Toronto, Ontario. In the following years, Stonecroft Canada continued to reach out across the country through Bible study groups, prayer groups, ministries serving moms, working women, and anyone with a desire to explore faith and Scripture. Books from the Stonecroft Resource Center flooded across the border into Canada, nourishing each new group with new Bible study and discipleship resources.
In 2016, Stonecroft Canada’s Board of Directors and leadership made the historic decision to create resources exclusively in Canada and to officially change the name of Stonecroft Canada to RSVP Ministries. Those legacy groups that so powerfully established the ministry still run today as Connections, while RSVP moves to provide new audiences with powerful new discipleship resources. All new resources and initiatives are inclusive of both men and women, with the vision to reach Canada and beyond. RSVP honours the rich history of its long-standing connection with Stonecroft in the USA by maintaining a strong, mutually encouraging and independent relationship, while undertaking bold new endeavours unique to Canada. We also purposefully partner with churches and organizations that share our mission of inviting, inspiring and investing.