I have some sad news to share with everyone. Our dear friend Carolyn Porterfield has resigned as executive director-treasurer of WMU of Texas effective immediately. Below is the story that we will post to the web site and send out via BGCT NOW. Let’s all join in prayer for Carolyn as she takes this new step in her wonderful service for our Lord and also pray for the WMU staff who will carry on the work in her absence.
Carolyn Porterfield resigns as leader of Texas WMU
DALLAS — Carolyn Porterfield announced her resignation as executive director-treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas in an Oct. 16 letter to the organization’s board of directors.
“I have come to realize that the skill sets required for the position that I now hold do not match well with my gifts and abilities,” Porterfield said in the letter. “It is time for me to step aside in order for the next leader to come who can most effectively lead this wonderful organization into her future.”
WMU of Texas is an auxiliary of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, partnering with the state convention but governed by its own board of directors. Porterfield’s resignation was effective immediately.
“Carolyn Porterfield has given deeply spiritual and passionate leadership to WMU of Texas,” said Charles Wade, BGCT executive director. “She has provided many moments of spiritual insight and blessing as she has led the BGCT staff in worship through prayer, message and song. I am very sorry that the new BGCT executive director will not have the chance to serve Texas Baptists with her.”
Porterfield told BGCT Communications that the executive director job requires a great deal of management skills, but said, “My gifts are more in the area of leading and speaking and being with people.”
“It’s been a great joy to serve” with Texas Baptist women, she said. “They have been a personal blessing to me. I see God at work in their lives, and that inspires me. I see women who persevere for the sakeof God’s kingdom.
“I pray that they will just stay committed to reaching teaching and discipling all the nations with the good news of Jesus Christ,” Porterfield added.
She joined the WMU of Texas staff in 1992, and was named executive director-treasurer March 1, 2001.
Porterfield said WMU of Texas is “positioned better for the future as a non-profit organization because of governance changes that are being put into place.”
During her time of leadership, WMU redesigned its promotion materials for the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions, which funds the WMU of Texas and many critical ministries of the BGCT.
In 2006, WMU launched multiple regional events called Awakening to replace the one, long-established Texas Leadership Conference. Attendance at the 2006 events reached 3,600, compared to 750 at the last TLC in 2005.
Porterfield, a member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Dallas, is unsure about the specifics of her future but said she hopes to be involved in missions in some way after taking some time off for rest and rejuvenation.
“I know my future is sure because it’s in God’s hands,” she said.