Wanda Seay Lee
Wanda Seay Lee ’69, D.P.S., RN, is the executive director for Woman’s Missionary Union [WMU], the premier woman’s missionary support organization in America. Having served as the president of WMU prior to her appointment as CEO, she is the first woman in WMU history to hold both positions. Described as a servant leader, Lee has been a missionary nurse and worked to support missions education as well as efforts to engage people in a missions lifestyle to future generations.
During Lee’s tenure as WMU’s executive director, a number of initiatives have taken place: the launch of MissionsFEST and FamilyFEST, hands-on missions opportunities that resulted in more than 5,000 volunteers providing community service; Children’s Ministry Day, an opportunity for children to serve and witness in their communities; the expansion of Pure Water, Pure Love, a ministry providing water filters to missionaries that now provides for drilling wells in villages around the world; the extension of Christian Women’s Job Corps to include Christian Men’s Job Corps as a ministry to equip men and women, in a Christian context, for life and employment; the growth of WorldCrafts, a fair-trade ministry, to more than 350 products crafted by more than 70 artisan groups providing sustainable income for impoverished people throughout the world. The WMU Joy Fund was renamed the Wanda Lee Joy Fund in honor of her 10th anniversary as executive director of national WMU in 2010.
Lee has written two books, Live the Call: Embrace God’s Design for Your Life (2006) and The Story Lives On: God’s Power Throughout Generations, providing stories of past and present individuals and groups who have had an impact for Christ in places of human hopelessness. Described as a leader “for such a time as this,” Lee has modeled leadership and service with humility, grace, courage and joy.
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