2015 was the 25th anniversary of the Heritage Fund!
$25 gifts were received to honor the legacy of someone who had an impact on missions
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December - Celebrating the Christ Child
The Greatest Gift is our reason for giving!
November - Giving Thanks
Who are you thankful for? Who has impacted your missions heritage? Let us know on the Kentucky WMU Heritage Fund Facebook page!
October - Cheryl Hatfield
Cheryl Hatfield is Kentucky WMU's Development Specialist. She promotes the Heritage Fund and all endowments that support KY WMU. She calls herself a "cheerleader" for KY WMU. She has a passion for Missions Education in the church, especially for children, and knows the value of it for keeping missions alive for the next generation. It doesn't take long for WMU to come up in conversation when talking to Cheryl. She will travel to your church, association, or WMU group to speak about the Heritage Fund. Thank you Cheryl for cheering us on to our $1 million goal!
September - Eliza Broadus
Eliza Somerville Broadus (1851-1931) was the first corresponding secretary of Kentucky WMU. Among her many contributions to our heritage, in 1913 Miss Broadus led Kentucky WMU to promote the taking of an annual offering for state missions in all the churches. Today, the offering named in her honor provides vital support for numerous missions causes throughout the state. The Kentucky WMU Heritage Fund works alongside the Eliza Broadus Offering to continue funding the mission of Kentucky WMU.
August - Joy Bolton
Joy Bolton is the 16th Executive Director of Kentucky WMU (formerly Corresponding Secretary). She began her term of service in 1999 and celebrates a birthday in the month of August! She is a strong supporter of everything WMU especially the Heritage Fund. Joy and her husband Lee are members of Clay Village Baptist Church where Lee serves as pastor. Lee and Joy have two adult children; Carol of Louisville and Roscoe (married to Alexandra) of South Carolina; and two granddogs.
June - Linda Cooper
Linda Cooper was recently elected as president of Woman’s Missionary Union. Linda is the first WMU president from Kentucky. Linda also served as the 38th president of Kentucky WMU from 2010-2014. Linda is employed as a Registered Dental Hygienist and has worked for Benson Family Dentistry for over 35 years. Linda and her husband, Jim, are active members of Forest Park Baptist Church where Linda serves as WMU director. She is also the WMU Director for Warren Association of Baptists. Linda and Jim have two adult children and two grandchildren. Linda says, “Although I know and believe that mission trips are life changing, I believe our real mission is to live a missions lifestyle each day on the mission field where God has planted us.”
May - Sally Deen
Utha “Sally” Deen was KY WMU president from 1951-1955. Her WMU tenure started after she married and continued for many years in the local church, association, and state organization. She held many offices including circle president, association superintendent, and state president. Her daughter, who later became an international missionary, said that her mother’s involvement in WMU was instrumental in her going to the mission field.
Sally’s promotion of WMU will continue even after her death. She left a bequest in her will for a donation to be made to the KY WMU Heritage Fund and to the Second Century Fund at the Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation. These gifts will be a legacy to the work Sally fulfilled in WMU.
April - Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting
March - Anna Mary Byrdwell
Anna Mary Byrdwell served Kentucky WMU in many capacities during her 37 years as a consultant. “Participation in the Heritage Fund is our opportunity to promote and support missions education for many generations to follow us," Anna Mary said. "We will never know how many lives we touch as we give!”
February - Peggy Hicks
Peggy Hicks LOVES missions! She and her husband, Bryant, served in the Philippines as international missionaries. Upon returning from the field, Peggy shared her love for missions with preschooler to adults through Kentucky WMU missions education. She served as Kentucky WMU President from 1985-1989 and then again from 1995-2000.
January - Barry Allen
Barry G. Allen has served as President/CEO of the Kentucky Baptist Foundation since February 1, 1996. Dr. Allen will retire from this position on February 1, 2015. Prior to his position with the Foundation, he served as Assistant Business Manager, Business Manager, and Director of the Business Division and Business Manager at the Kentucky Baptist Convention (February 1, 1971 - January 31, 1996). Dr. Allen says, “Kentucky WMU has demonstrated consistently and continuously across the years its unique value to our larger Baptist family ‘in keeping the Gospel message alive’ among every generation of Baptists. As a result, developing, strengthening and sustaining this ministry are essential to the Great Commission challenge in the future. Therefore, I believe giving through the Heritage Fund is the most effective way to invest personally in that future, and my wife and I continue to be cheerful givers.”