The Thistle

Covenant Theological Seminary Alumna Named CIU Alumna of the year

Covenant Seminary alumna, Wilma Cross (MATS ’71) was named Columbia International University’s almna of the year. An article by Katie Weaver notes that, “In early November, Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia, S.C., hosted its homecoming ceremonies, which included a special assembly to honor distinguished alumni for outstanding work in areas of mission and ministry. The 2011 Alumna of the Year Award went to Wilma Cross, a 1969 CIU graduate who has since dedicated her life to, as she says, ‘knowing God and making Him known.’

Miss Cross serves with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Chile. After graduation and a few years on-staff at McLean Presbyterian Church, Miss Cross joined World Presbyterian Missions (precursor to Mission to the World). She was assigned to the WPM’s Bible Institute in Chile, and she taught there for nine years. During that time, Weaver reports, Miss Cross “felt called to mercy ministries and in 1979 began a Bible study with the women in Santiago’s Quillota prison. She eventually established Chile’s first evangelical prison ministry and became an officially recognized chaplain in women’s prisons.”