Stefanie Boyce is a writer and speaker, best known for her unique perspective when it comes to difficult circumstances. She is no stranger to the pain and beauty of this world, and the tension that comes from living in the midst of both. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother of 3, and an inspiration to many.
A native of Rockford, IL, Stefanie attended Rockford Lutheran High School, and then went on to attend, and graduate from Eastern Illinois University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She met her husband, Justin, shortly after and married in 2004.
Over the years, Stefanie has worked as a crisis line operator, shelter advocate, and community educator for a domestic violence agency, and most recently, in a variety of roles at Immanuel Church in Gurnee, IL. She was first hired on staff at Immanuel in the youth ministry department as administrative assistant, and eventually worked her way up to Interim Director of High School Ministry, where she helped shape the ministry with her passion for small groups and mentoring.
Before turning in her church keys to pursue writing and speaking, Stefanie used her creative talents as Director of Environmental Development at Immanuel, where she designed beautiful, functional spaces that were irresistible to guests and regular attenders alike.
In whatever role Stefanie is in, she has always found her way to the microphone, whether it has been in front of a community group educating them on domestic violence, or in front of high schoolers encouraging them to grow in their faith.
Stefanie started writing and speaking as a way to share the things she is learning from parenting her children, two of whom have a rare, regressive terminal disease, called Sanfilippo Syndrome.
In the midst of the pain and suffering that comes from knowing you are going to lose two of your children to an incurable disease, which most people would consider their worst nightmare, we see Stefanie’s strength. And she will be the first to say that it comes from her faith and trust in Christ.
On November 13 2017, Stefanie’s son, Jayden went to be with his Savior. He was a bright and gentle spirit who is dearly missed.