Ferrara Theatre at America's Center
701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, Missouri 63101
June 12–13, 2016


Join us for an amazing celebration of what God is doing around the world through missions! Throughout this missions event, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Discover how God is working around the world and how you can be part of it
  • Participate in relevant and inspiring breakout sessions
  • Dialogue with international and North American field personnel
  • Connect and network with missional leaders from around the country
  • And much, much more!

No preregistration is required, and admission is free. Download the complete program for a detailed schedule, breakout sessions, and more!

Come early to the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis and be challenged in your missional journey through these speakers as well as international and North American field personnel:

Dr. Jeff Iorg serves as president of Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary). Prior to his service at the seminary, he was executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention for almost ten years. Jeff is a graduate of Hardin Simmons University (BA), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin). He and his wife, Ann, have three adult children. He is also author of the 2016 WMU emphasis book, Unscripted: Sharing the Gospel as Life Happens.
Dr. Lavon Gray, minister of music at First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi, will lead in worship during the WMU Missions Celebration. He is also co-author of Hungry for Worship: Challenges and Solutions for Today's Church, a book he wrote with Frank Page that looks at ten specific worship challenges facing churches—regardless of church size—over the next decade. 
Linda Cooper was elected president of national WMU in June 2015. A Kentucky native, she has ministered to others through a 36-year career as a dental hygienist. She and her husband, Jim, are members of Forest Park Baptist Church, in Bowling Green, Kentucky; where Linda is a member of Women on Mission, and serves as assistant Mission Friends leader, stateside committee chair, and church clerk. She also assists with churchwide WMU projects and participates routinely in domestic and international missions opportunities. The Coopers have two adult children and two grandsons.

Katie Orr's passion is teaching women how to study the Scriptures. A graduate of Auburn University, Katie is a prolific blogger and serves as social media specialist and community development director for Flourish, a ministry of the North American Mission Board. She is the author of the FOCUSed15 devotional series. She and her pastor-husband, Chris, partner together to revitalize smaller congregations. They have three young children and call Harrodsburg, Kentucky, home.



Schedule at a glance:



WMU Missions Celebration—General Session

Music led by Lavon Gray, First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi

Welcome and Prayer, Linda Cooper, president, national WMU; Laura Wells, executive director, Missouri WMU; Cherri Crump, president, Missouri WMU

“Serving the Gospel” (Ephesians 3:7–13), Jeff Iorg, president, Golden Gate Seminary

Recognition and Prayer for Missionaries


Enjoy interactive options including a missionary reception; reception in honor of retiring WMU executive director Wanda Lee; exhibits; and shopping in LifeWay store (Room 262).


WMU Missions Celebration—General Session

Special Music, Native Praise

Missionary speaker, Goldie Frances, IMB

Address by WMU Executive Director, Wanda Lee



WMU Missions Celebration/Annual Meeting—General Session

Missionary Speaker, Travis Kerns, Utah

President’s Address, Linda Cooper

Business Session and Election of Officers


Breakout Sessions


WMU Missions Celebration—General Session

Keynote Speaker, Katie Orr, author, pastor’s wife, Kentucky

Church Planters, Sebastian and Erin Vazquez


Breakout Sessions


WMU Missions Celebration—General Session

“The Mission Matters Most” (Philippians 1:12–18), Jeff Iorg

Presentation of Dellanna West O’Brien Award for Women’s Leadership Development


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