Wisdom-Martin, who has served as WMU of Illinois director since 2001, will assume the role in mid-September. She follows Nelda Seal, who has served as WMU of Texas’ intentional interim director since June 2008.
The executive director-treasurer elect said she looks forward to walking alongside and ministering with Texas Baptist women. She is excited about investing herself in the women and girls in Texas just as women throughout the years have invested themselves in her.
“I am just overwhelmed and grateful for the trust WMU has put in me,” said Wisdom-Martin, who also served as Cooperative Program missionary for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention from 1991-2001. “I look forward to serving, walking together on this journey.”
Gloria Mills, president of WMU of Texas, said she sensed God moving throughout the personnel committee’s search for a new executive director-treasurer. She strongly believes that God led the committee to Wisdom-Martin and Wisdom-Martin to Texas.
“I can see God’s hand in every step of this process,” she said. “I have loved the way our personnel committee worked. They stayed true to the principles that they set out for themselves. Even under pressure, they stayed true to those principles. I don’t think we could have done any better than Sandy. I am thrilled beyond measure.”
Seal praised Wisdom-Martin’s heart for missions and sharing the gospel with people locally, nationally and around the world. She is prepared to help the women of Texas in efforts to expand God’s kingdom in a multitude of ways.
Wisdom-Martin has led conferences and spoken in numerous states. She is an Acteens leader in her congregation, Springfield Southern Baptist Church in Springfield, Ill. She has taught Sunday School for several age groups and led foreign mission trips to countries such as Ghana, France and Bulgaria.
“She is God’s person for this time,” Seal said. “She has the experience and heart for Woman’s Missionary Union work. God in His own timing has provided us new leadership.”
In recommending Wisdom-Martin for the position, National WMU Executive Director-Treasurer Wanda Lee called her “one of the most capable state leaders I have ever known.”