NC Baptist Heritage Award
The WMU NC Heritage Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 NC Baptist Heritage Award. This award seeks to honor an individual who demonstrates evidence of a Christian lifestyle with a passion for mission work through WMU NC. This individual lives out his or her commitment to missions through the local church, association, state, and/or beyond, when possible. This individual possesses a strong commitment to ensure the future of WMU NC, enabling it to fulfill its purpose “to challenge, prepare, and equip Christian believers to be radically involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”
For a nomination form, visit: www.wmunc.org/heritage-award
Complete and return the form by December 18, 2019 to Karen Burnette McCracken at email@example.com
2019 Heritage Award Winner
Jan High is a servant-leader.
When she retired in 2011, Ms. High was the longest serving staff member of Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina in its first one hundred twenty-five years. During her twenty-eight year tenure, which began in 1983, she served as Girls in Action Consultant, WMU Consultant, and Missions Education Consultant.
Prior to coming to joining the staff of Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina, Ms. High served on the staffs of Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union and Maryland Woman’s Missionary Union, working with Acteens, Girls in Action, Mission Friends. She also served as Camp Director for both.
Some of her most significant contributions to the work of Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina were during the time she served as Missions Education Consultant, 1995-2011. She organized, trained, and nurtured a wide network of leaders from across the state to assist with state, regional, associational, and local church training. A Resource Team of one hundred twenty-two women, trained in their areas of mission interest and expertise, conducted training sessions, taught mission books, and supported the work of WMU NC. Recognizing that the WMU NC staff could not respond to all the requests for assistance, she enlisted, trained, and mentored five women as WMU Leadership Network Specialists. Each one worked closely with a WMU NC staff member to support age-level missions education.
Never one to ask others to do something she was unwilling to do, she led age-level organizations in her local church and provided leadership in her local association. She also served with the Baptist State Convention in mission partnerships, including the ones in New York and Brazil.
Ms. High, who started out as a Sunbeam, has been a bright light for missions in North Carolina and beyond. Even in her retirement, her capable and creative leadership and her commitment to missions still influence WMU NC.
Soli Deo Gloria!