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Executive Director

Terrie Sullivan

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Terri has served as AZ WMU Executive Director since March 2005. Though originally from Ohio, she spent most of my life here in Arizona. She is agraduate of Grand Canyon University and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. In addition to her work here she also serves as the Office Manager for Corona Baptist Church in Chandler.
 
Missions is Terri's passion. She loves teaching missions to people of all ages. She especially enjoys mission  studies where she learns about a specific country and the people. She has been on a couple of overseas mission trips - Panama and St. Lucia; She states "Her first memories of church as a preschooler were in Orleans, France, where my family was involved in the mission work as volunteers. There is something special about going into a neighborhood or park, sitting under a tree with a guitar,  singing the songs of Jesus, and then sharing a story from the scriptures."
 
"For leisure time Terri enjoys reading, crafting, and music.  She loves sitting down with a cup of gourmet  coffee or tea and reading a historical novel. Creating gifts and cards to share with people she loves brings her great joy.
 
Her music tastes are eclectic. She likes listening to Beethoven and Bach, singing along with George 
Beverly Shea, and singing gospel hymns and praise and worship songs that span the generations.

President

Nadine Peterson

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Nadine is an active member of Crosspointempe Church, Tempe, AZ.  She teaches Mission Friends during extended worship on Sunday mornings.  She also leads a mission study for the Awanas' group on Sunday night.  Nadine states that from an early age, she has been involved in missions.  She is a retired accountant and before becoming our state president, served as our state treasurer.  She enjoys reading, gardening, genealogy, travel and all things missions related.


Vice President

Linda Hopson

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Linda and her husband Cecil moved to Arizona in 1999 to pastor Valley Southern SBC in Mesa, Az. They have two daughters and eight grandchildren. The oldest is twenty; the youngest 3 months.  Linda will quickly tell you that they are all perfect!  Linda currently teaches at Chandler High School, Candler, Az.  They are currently serving as Pastor and wife at East Verde Baptist Church, Payson. Linda has served as state youth consultant in both Indiana and Arizona.  We are excited that Linda has taken her new role as Vice President.  Linda's hobbies include reading, swimming and quilting.


Secretary

Jennifer Orkin

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Jennifer joined our board in April 2015.  Jennifer was born in NY and raised in IN.  She moved to AZ from SC in 2011.  She is an active member of Love Baptist Church. Jennifer sings in the choir, plays handbells, and assists with Children in Action.  She has a passion for children.  Jennifer loves to crochet, knit, play the flute, and cook.  She also loves dogs, hunting, fishing, camping, and helping the elderly.  


Adult Specialist

Earlene Kinman

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Earlene joined the AZ WMU Executive Board in 2010 as Adult Specialist Western Region.  She is a pastor's wife of 38 years and her husband Jerry recently retired after 37 years in the ministry.  After retirement Earlene and Jerry have made First Southern Baptist Church Chino Valley their church home.  Earlene’s hobbies are plants, cooking and bible teaching.  They are both very active with their 2 daughters and 3 grand children.


Youth Consultant

Autumn Busby

Autumn joined the AZ Executive board in 2013 as a Youth Consultant.  Autumn is active with Church Planting team planting a church in downtown Phoenix called Mercy Hill spring in 2015.  Autumn has participated with various inner city work projects, mission trips in and out of the United States, Peru, Uganda and Mexico.  She has also served as a NAMBA student missionary in New Orleans and served as MSC missionary in Phoenix, AZ.  Autumn hobbies are traveling, reading, spending time outdoors and playing guitar.


Children's Consultant

Lorraine Allender

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Lorraine has lived in Arizona since she was two years old.  She and her husband Victor attend Love Baptist Church in Phoenix where she is WMU Director.  She also leads 4th-6th grade Sunday School and Children in Action.  Lorraine is also our state Children's Missions Camp Director.  She and Victor have eight children and three "beautiful" granddaughters..Next God and her family, Lorraine's greatest joy comes from teaching missions to both children and adults.  Lorraine currently serves as our state Children's Consultant.  She has served in this position since 1996.


Language Specialist

Mirsa Amaro

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"Mirsa joined the AZ WMU Executive Board in 1999  as our Language Specialist.  She has been married to Fernando Amaro for 33 years and they have 3 children that are all married and currently serve in various ministries. Mirsa and Fernando have three grandchildren that are all a blessing from God.

Mirsa serves as a Spanish speaking conference leader across the U.S and also leads the statewide Hispanic women's ministry.
She enjoys reading, crafts, travel, crochet and knitting.  She has participated in many mission trips all over the United States and Mexico"

 


Leadership Development

Gail Hallman

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Gail joned the AZ WMU executive board in June 2013. She is active in her church First Southern Baptist Buckeye with missions team.  Her hobbies include kayakng, archery, reading and spending time with family.  Gail has participated in many mission trips outside the United States.  Some of those places include: India, Indonesia, Greece, Austrailia, England, Nepal and Canada.  She enjoys working with her students at Grand Canyon University.


WMU Foundation Amabassador

Gwen Austin

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Gwen is not new to WMU or missions. From 1994-96 she was the Women on Mission Coordinator  at FBC Jonesboro, GA, 1996- present she has been the Women on Mission Director at Green Valley Baptist Church in Green Valley, AZ where she remains very active. 2002-2007 Catalina Baptist Assoc. WMU Adult Consultant, 2006- 2011 Arizona WMU President & one of the  National WMU Vice Presidents and then from 2010 - present  she has been the AZ WMU Foundation Ambassador.  Her hobbies include reading & sewing.  She has been active with Mission trips, helping organize & conduct VBSs, Children's Crusades, Rescue Mission and Youth Ministry and did Christian Camp Nursing in Upstate N. Y., N. J. & Massachusetts. After marrying her husband Stuart they lived on Guam where she taught Sunday school and was active in Christian Women's Club and Girl Scouts.


Catalina Association WMU Director

Edna Gilliland

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Cochise Association WMU Director

Sonia Gasho

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