June 17, 2021
Kathy Wise is Associate Executive Director of Mission Waco Mission World. She grew up in Gatesville, Texas, graduated from Baylor with a BBA degree and moved to Alexandria, Virginia where she worked in business for 10 years followed by five years on staff at First Baptist Alexandria (community ministries, single adult ministry). She returned to Waco to attend Baylor’s Truett Seminary where she earned her M. Div. in Theology, including a mentorship semester in Clinical Pastoral Education/chaplaincy at Hillcrest Hospital.
Kathy began volunteering with Mission Waco in 1998 to learn more about cross-cultural relationships, completed Mission Waco’s Urban Ministry Institute in 2000 (including a 2-month “urban placement” with the Jesus People in Chicago that opened her eyes to community living), and then joined Mission Waco staff in May 2000. She oversees much of the operational side of Mission Waco, managing the workgroup and intern programs as well as acting as a staff liaison with The Ark Apartments.
Kathy enjoys being part of Church Under the Bridge, hiking, biking, participating in entrepreneurship and redevelopment in Waco and introducing people to Waco.