Amy Pardue Boone, pastor’s wife and former church music minister and missionary, has been elected executive director-treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina (WMU NC). Most recently, Boone was Adult Ministry Consultant for National WMU in Birmingham, Ala., where she worked with churches to start WMU organizations, wrote curriculum materials, led conferences across the nation, and wrote two of the new online courses offered by WMU.
Boone, a graduate of Samford University with a bachelor of music education, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master of arts in religious education, served with husband Mike as an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary to Mozambique and South Africa for 14 years.
Amy Pardue Boone
“We are elated to welcome Amy aboard during this exciting time for WMU NC,” says Barbara Hill, Chairperson of WMU NC’s Search Committee. “Our goal was to find the person whom God wanted for WMU NC and I believe we accomplished this goal. Amy has a passion for missions and an energy that is contagious.”
While in Mozambique, she led a weekly WMU group and a weekly English fellowship, taught literacy classes, organized a baseball evangelism ministry, and led a Bible correspondence course in the local prison. Amy became fluent in Portuguese and compiled and recorded local hymns which were distributed to new churches, which she and her husband helped start. Amy is the author of Stones from the Riverbed, Experiencing God’s Grace in Mozambique.
In South Africa, she worked in a special needs school, writing curriculum, training teachers and leading weekly Bible lessons. She was instrumental in raising funds and coordinating the construction of a school to move the handicapped children out of the tin shacks in which they were meeting. Amy worked among the amaXhosa people and studied isiXhosa for one year. Each school holiday, she led in many Vacation Bible Schools for which she wrote curriculum. She also worked in the local elementary schools teaching Life Skills classes and leading music in the weekly worship service in the public school. She trained Sunday School teachers and taught music and ministry at Cape Town Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, she was involved in many human needs programs for the poor in the townships.
Prior to her missionary service, Amy was minister of music at Ephesus Baptist Church, Raleigh, minister of youth at Salemburg Baptist Church, and music and Bible teacher at Harrells Christian Academy.
Born in Louisiana, she spent many of her formative years in North Carolina, where her father, James Pardue, served as pastor at Lillington Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Clinton. In addition, during the Boones’ last missionary furlough, they served as missionaries-in-residence at Gardner Webb University, Boiling Springs. Although not born in North Carolina, this is where Amy has spent a great deal of time. She claims N.C. as her ‘adopted’ state.
Upon resignation from the IMB due to family health issues, Boone served as an Indian education instructor for the Lawrence County (Ala.) Board of Education and ministered through her church, Mount Hope Baptist, as children’s ministry team leader, part-time minister of music, and served with her husband who has been pastor.
The Boones have two grown children, Timothy and Grace. Both are recent graduates of Carson-Newman University. Her son is on staff at First Baptist Church, Knoxville. He will begin seminary in the fall to pursue a degree in pastoral counseling with his wife, Miranda. Her daughter, Grace, is preparing to go to graduate school to study social work.
“WMU NC is blessed to have been God-led to an Executive Director-Treasurer whose array of missions experience aligns with our mission ‘to challenge, prepare, and equip Christian believers to be radically involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission,’” says WMU NC President Dee Dee Moody. Amy will begin her ministry with WMU NC in early January.