Missionary Bertha J. Vaughns is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. At the age of seventy-six, she serves as the current Director of Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) of the Union Baptist Association (UBA) in Houston, Texas, since August 17, 2019.
Missionary Vaughns served as the Director of Missions at Bethany Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, where Dr. Steve W. Hall is Pastor from 2011-2017.
She has traveled to five (5) Continents (Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, and South America) and joined God where He was at work in Greifswald, Germany; Lusaka, Zambia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Bowen, Nigeria; Senegal, West Africa; The Middle East/The Holy land/Israel; Brazil; and Grand Goave, Haiti; LA passé, La; Kennewick, Washington; Galveston, Texas; McAllen, Texas; South Padre Island, TX, and Houston, Texas.
In 2006, she was instrumental in setting up an Endowment Fund for Christian Leaders’ development through the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists). The Endowment Fund is earmarked for the Baptist Student Ministry at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, where she served as the BSM Director for ten years.
A lifelong learner, at the age of 65 in June 2008, she received a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. In August 2008, she was commissioned by the Southern Baptist International Mission Board as a Missionary. She committed three years of her life as an International Service Corps Master’s Missionary in Senegal, West Africa. She lived among the people and told Bible Stories in three Wolof Villages to Muslim women and children. While there she writes, her second book, “Utterly Amazed.” The book is a written debrief of her three-year journey in Africa.
She returned from Africa in 2011, and in 2012 she was rehired by Texas Baptists to re-plant the Baptist Student Ministry at Prairie View A&M University; she retired in December 2015.
Missionary Vaughns remains actively involved in Texas Baptists life by serving as a Board member for:
- The Union Baptist Association (UBA)/Association Leadership Council (ALC)/Member
- WMUTX/Sisters Who Care Texas Advisory Council
- Texas Southern University-Baptist Student Ministry Endowment Advisory Group, Founder/Development Chair
- DMin Candidate, Evangelism and Missions, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Class of 2023.
Life Bible Verse: Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”