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Search underway, interim director named
Story By: William H. Perkins Jr. - Editor
The search for a new executive director-treasurer for Mississippi Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) has
begun in earnest with the convening of a search committee and appointment of an interim executive
director-treasurer to replace longtime leader Kay Cassibry, who retired at the end of last year.
“The committee is comprised of a woman from each of the nine WMU areas in the state and a chairman.
To submit a résumé a person should send his/her résumé, or the résumé of someone being recommended, to me as
the chairman of the committee,” she said.
In the meantime, Rebecca Williams of Madison will serve as interim executive
Williams, a member of Broadmoor Church, Madison, has served four years as Mississippi WMU president, four
years on the WMU Executive Committee, six years on the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB), and two
years as a member of the MBCB Executive Committee.
She is presently serving as a trustee of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist
Convention, and assists Mississippi WMU as a specialized worker in the areas of WMU and Women on Mission
leadership. She is also director of Women on Mission at Broadmoor Church.
Along with her retired pastor husband Billy, she assists the convention board with promotion of the
Margaret Lackey State Mission Offering. The Williamses have two sons, Mark and Matt. Mark resides in Jackson,
while Matt and his family serve in Southeast Asia with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist
“It is an honor to have an opportunity to work in this role for Mississippi WMU, an organization I have
served and that I have loved for many years. Mississippi Baptists and WMU have been so supportive and
encouraging to my family and me as we have sought to minister in the Lord’s Name, and I consider this a
privilege,” Williams said.
“We are indeed fortunate to have such capable people serving on the search committee to find a new
executive director for WMU,” said Jim Futral, MBCB executive director. “After visiting with them for just
a short time, you realize how gifted, thoughtful, and sensitive to the Spirit of God they are as they do
“Additionally, we are blessed to have Rebecca Williams fill the role of interim director until the new
leader is found. She brings such a rich background of leadership and will guide the work with wisdom and her
magnificent, Christ-like spirit. The Committee is praying, and folks across Mississippi will be praying for
According to information provided by Duncan, the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Mississippi Woman’s
Missionary Union is responsible for promotion, planning, conducting, and evaluating the missions mobilization,
missions awareness, missions education, missions support and missions involvement among women, youth, girls,
preschoolers, and co-ed groups in Mississippi Baptist churches and associations throughout the state.
Those applying or being recommended for the position should have four years education at the
college/university level, and two to three years education at the seminary level. They should also possess
five to ten years of church/denomination experience.
Résumés and other correspondence should be addressed to WMU Search Committee, Marion D. Duncan, Chairman,
277 Cambridge Drive, Starkville, MS 39759. The deadline for receiving resumes’ is April 30.
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