BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP, TAB) — Former national WMU executive director and lifelong missions advocate Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler died Jan. 2. She was 84. A Florida native, Crumpler served in the executive director position from 1974 to 1989, leading the organization to grow in missions organizations, jumpstart initiatives such as Acteens Activators and move its headquarters from downtown Birmingham to its current location at 100 Missionary Ridge. Crumpler also was the first woman to chair the North American Baptist Fellowship and the first woman to chair a Southern Baptist seminary’s alumni association when she became president of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary National Alumni Association. (The WMU Training School, Carver School of Missions is an exception.) She remained an active supporter of missions until her death. Services will take place later this month.
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