Stewart Weinisch was born and raised in the Bronx in New York. It was during his bar mitzvah in front of the Torah ark (where the Torah scrolls are kept in the synagogue) that Stewart made this promise to God: “Someday I’m going to find You.” That promise was soon forgotten. When Stewart was 19, several of his non-Jewish friends “became Christians” and began sharing the Messiahship of Jesus with him. After a full year of searching the Scriptures and comparing his Tanakh (the Jewish Scriptures) with the “Christian” Bible, Stewart became convinced Jesus must be the Jewish Messiah. Then, Stewart remembered the promise he made to God at his bar mitzvah and received Yeshua as his Messiah. Soon after that, Stewart was accepted as a student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
In 1983, after completing his Bible education, Stewart returned to New York City to bring the gospel to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Since that time, Stewart has been in Jewish ministry. He and his wife, Shoshannah, have served as missionaries and Messianic congregation planters in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, and South Carolina. In 2009, believing that God had called them to return to New York City, where there are approximately two million Jewish people, Stewart and Shoshannah applied to Jews for Jesus, and in January 2010, they were accepted on staff. “We have a sense of urgency to proclaim the gospel to our people.”