LifeWay’s Selma Wilson Announces Retirement

Selma Wilson

Selma Wilson, senior vice president of organizational development and chief people officer at LifeWay Christian Resources, has announced she will retire effective Oct. 1.

“It has been an incredible honor to be a part of the mission of LifeWay for the past 28 years,” Wilson said. “I am overcome with thankfulness God allowed me to be a part of this great organization — the churches and people it serves, the authors and ministry partners, and the most committed employee team anywhere.”

Wilson joined the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay) in 1990 as a marriage and family consultant, providing training and events for churches. Three years later, she led in the development of LifeWay’s women’s ministry and launched Journey, a women’s monthly devotional magazine for which she served as editor-in-chief from 1993-98.

Since then, Wilson has served in various leadership positions at LifeWay including vice president of B&H Publishing Group, director of the discipleship and family magazines, director of organizational performance, and as associate to the vice president of Church Resources. Additionally, Wilson, along with her husband Rodney, served as executive editors of HomeLife magazine.

In 2010, Wilson became LifeWay’s first female vice president when she was named vice president of B&H Publishing Group. In 2017, she was named senior vice president and chief people officer, leading LifeWay’s people strategies, culture development and change management. She is also a regular speaker, writer and conference leader in the area of leadership, women and family ministry.

“I must personally thank Dr. Thom Rainer for asking me to join his executive leadership team eight years ago,” Wilson said. “It has been such a blessing to be a part of his team as he has led with boldness, conviction and courage so the ministry of LifeWay would be strong for future generations.”

LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer praised Wilson for her leadership and for her commitment to the ministry of LifeWay.

“Selma is one of the most beloved and highly respected leaders in LifeWay’s entire history,” Rainer said. “She has been a tremendous asset to LifeWay as she has left her mark on so many areas of the organization.

“Selma’s love for the Lord, her focused determination and unquenching enthusiasm are contagious. She has been a great model of humble and effective leadership.”

Reflecting on her time at LifeWay, Wilson said she is grateful for the men and women who led in the generations before her.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press, Carol Pipes