Mariel Ward

Mariel Stearns Ward grew up in China, where her parents were missionaries and members of Watchman Nee's church in Shanghai. The family came back to the United States in the middle of World War II, where she finished high school in New Jersey. After graduating from Houghton College and attending Wheaton College for graduate school, Mariel taught high school for a year before marrying Robert Ward. The Wards have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.