Woman's Missionary Union Elects 21st National President

The Woman’s Missionary Union elected a new national president last week at its Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration in Nashville, Tenn.

Kaye Miller, who has served as president of Arkansas WMU since 2002, was elected on June 20 during the morning session of the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting at First Baptist Church in Nashville. Miller will serve as the 21st president of national WMU, succeeding Janet Hoffman of Farmerville, La., who served as president of national WMU since 2000.

Miller, 51, “brings a lifetime of missions experiences to her new role as the 21st president of national WMU,” WMU said in a statement released following the election.

Growing up as a “missionary kid” (MK) in Thailand where her parents served as medical missionaries for over 20 years, Miller saw her parents’ “faithfulness to seek what God wanted them to do each day and their commitment to go and do it.”

This, Miller said, “provided an example for which I am grateful.”

“But along with their desire to follow God's direction and plan for their lives, they also had a sense of urgency in reaching the lost and put that same urgency in my heart,” Miller added, according to WMU.

Having grown up in WMU age-level missions organizations on the missions field, Miller shares her unique life experiences and passion for missions as director for Acteens and Youth on Mission at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., WMU reported. She also served as a director for Girls in Action for nearly 20 years.

Since 2002, Miller has served as president of Arkansas WMU, where one of her responsibilities has been to serve on the executive board for national WMU. In that capacity, she has served on the finance committee and the Vision 2010 Task Force, which was a group appointed in 2003 by Hoffman to help paint the broad strokes of what the organization should look like by the year 2010.

"WMU enables me to share my life experiences through being a part of a group as well as opportunities to cultivate a heart for missions within others," Miller said.

According to WMU, a nominating committee comprised of state WMU presidents recommended Miller to WMU members in attendance at last week’s national gathering. As the new WMU national president, Miller is eligible for annual re-election for up to five years.