Request a Speaker

The WMU NC staff and Speaker Team are available upon request for church services, ministry retreats, small group meetings, leadership events and focus weeks. Select your region and email the speaker of your choice. Speakers that have a car next to their name are willing to travel to other regions in North Carolina. 

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Mary Ellen Bowman

Former WMU NC Executive Board Member

Mary Ellen's areas of expertise include home missions, international missions, mission studies, women's retreats, spiritual growth, Project HELP and ministering to refugees. She has been a National WMU Trainer for Christian Men and Women's Job Corps and globally for BWA. She is also a writer. Contact Mary Ellen at

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Symphony Rose

A True Southern Lady (a character created by Caroline Jones)

Symphony is never seen without her hat and gloves and, of course, her multiple strands of “cultured pearls." She’s been observing people for more than six decades and loves to share tips she’s learned along the way. Symphony Rose can do theme interpretation, WMU Focus Sundays, retreats and other events. She loves Jesus and missions. Request Symphony Rose for your event at

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Jeanette Walters

Former WMU NC Executive Board Member & Former WMU NC Staff Member

Jeanette's areas of expertise are home and international mission trips, women's retreats and Focus Week. She is a former North American Mission Board missionary and retired ESL teacher. She has served in her church as a WMU Director and Acteens leader. She has led and participated in international trips and enjoys working with children and teaching adults of every culture. Contact Jeanette at

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Yvonne Deatherage

WMU NC Executive Board

Yvonne has served as associational WMU Leadership Team, WMU Director /Missions Leader/ WOM Leader in her local church, and is presently the Assistant WMU Director of Neuse Association. She founded Greater Pink Hill LLC where she promotes community service through different activities and groups. She has a heart for seniors and those in need. Contact Yvonne at

Beverly Butler

WMU NC Executive Board Member

Beverly's areas of expertise include event speaking, prayer retreats, Focus Week and adult groups. She is the WMU Director at her church and an Associational Mission Involvement leader. She resides in Oak City and she incorporates missions events with her town's events whenever possible. Contact Beverly at

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Paula Matthis

WMU Director, Speaker, Missions Involvement 

Upon request, Paula can do a reenactment of Lottie Moon complete with costume, life story, and power point with "Old China" pictures. She has been on mission trips nationally and internationally. She has worked with children all her adult life and has entertained them with puppets and story telling. Her ministry experience includes WMU Director and adult Sunday School teacher. Contact Paula at

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Faye Owens

WMU NC Executive Board

Faye is a women’s ministry leader and Bible study teacher. She enjoys working with teens and women.  She especially has a heart for teaching the Bible and enjoys sharing God’s word with all ages.  Faye and her husband William have two sons and two amazing granddaughters, Addison and Quinn. They live in eastern North Carolina. Contact Faye at

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Malinda Fillingim

Missions Outreach, Spiritual Growth, and Working with Refugees

Malinda Fillingim learned about missions attending WMU Circles. Her summers at CMV tightened her belief to bear witness to Christ in ordinary times. She has served on church staff,  hospice chaplain. and with refugees. When her husband died in 2015, she embarked on deep reflection of spiritual growth.  She speaks of her spiritual pilgrimage with humorous anecdotal, real life stories many can relate to. 

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Caroline Jones

Former IMB Missionary, Former WMU NC President, Former National WMU Staff Member

Caroline Jones has been a featured speaker from Alaska to the Strait of Magellan and paints word pictures that have her audience laughing one minute and crying the next. Her passion for the cause of Christ and helping others find their place serving Him is contagious whether she is writing or speaking. Caroline and husband Archie, retired IMB missionaries, live in Erwin, NC. Contact Caroline at

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Deborah Taylor

WMU NC President

Deborah's areas of expertise include mission trips, working with children and youth, Focus Week, prayer and spiritual growth. She is a retired educator, serves on the CWJC board and serves on the WMU NC missions committee. She has participated in and led missions trips. She believes everyone can make a difference on missions in their own location daily. Contact Deborah at or at 704-562-8997

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Veronica Weathers

Prison Retreat Volunteer & Missions Involvement

She currently leads a women's ministry and a teen and children's ministry. Her past ministry experience includes facilitating Bible studies for pregnant teens and the elderly in nursing homes, prison retreat volunteer and missions involvement. She has also ministered to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Contact Veronica at