Linda Cooper, immediate past president of Kentucky WMU, was elected Recording Secretary of Woman’s Missionary Union, SBC on June 9, 2014 during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Linda is from Bowling Green where she serves as WMU Director for Warren Association of Baptists. She and her husband, Jim, are members of Forest Park Baptist Church. Linda served as president of Kentucky WMU from 2010-14.
Linda’s election as Recording Secretary is only the second time that someone from Kentucky has served as a national WMU officer. Carolyn Ellis of Shelbyville served in this role from 1975-81 when Christine Gregory was national WMU president. National WMU officers must have served on the Executive Board of WMU, SBC prior to election. (All state WMU presidents serve on the board as vice-presidents of national WMU.)
A contingent from Kentucky was present for the election though most did not know that Linda Cooper was being nominated. Kentucky WMU sponsored a bus tour to Baltimore with 44 people, plus others had flown or driven up for the national meeting. The Baltimore meeting included a Missionary Commissioning Service as well as a tour of Annie Armstrong sites around Baltimore. The meeting was the conclusion of a two-year celebration of the 125th birthday of Woman’s Missionary Union, founded in 1888.
Linda brings a wealth of WMU knowledge and experience to this new role. In addition to her WMU experience at the church, association, state and national levels, she is a capable writer, having written articles for national WMU publications as well as columns for Kentucky Notes. Linda is also a popular speaker and communicates well with WMU and other audiences. Please keep Linda in your prayers as she serves as a leader with national WMU. We are “Kentucky proud!”
Read more about the WMU meeting in Baltimore on Baptist Press.