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National WMU Appoints New Leadership Consultant

Claudia Johnson

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) – National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) has hired Claudia Johnson to develop training opportunities for Christian women’s leadership. Johnson has a wealth of experience in missions leadership, having served as a teacher and missionary with the International Mission Board (IMB) for nearly 28 years. She will serve as the leadership consultant for WMU’s Missions Resource Center and Christian Women’s Leadership Center (CWLC).

“We are thrilled to have someone with Claudia’s wealth of teaching and missions experience serve in this role,” said Wanda Lee, executive director of national WMU. “We believe her unique perspective on leadership, having lived it out in another culture, will be key to the success of the CWLC and how we engage women in leadership within their church, workplace, and community.”

Cooper requests prayer, names search committee for WMU executive director

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala,) – Feb. 8, 2016 – National WMU President Linda Cooper has issued a call to prayer for those serving on the national search committee charged with identifying the woman God would have as the next executive director for national WMU.

On Jan. 11, Wanda Lee, who has served as executive director since 2000, announced to the WMU board her intention to retire, giving ample notice for a search committee to be formed and seek a new leader.

Cooper said she prayed earnestly for God’s direction as she selected search committee members who have extensive experience in WMU and represent various geographical locations.

The committee members are Joy Bolton, executive director of Kentucky WMU, who will serve as chairperson; Debby Akerman, former national WMU president (2010-2015); Jill McNicol, president of Illinois WMU; Kathy Sheldon, president of Pennsylvania/South Jersey WMU; and June Tate, president of Colorado WMU.

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