Ron Wilson, executive director of EPA from 1992 to 2002, died June 8, 2018, after an extended illness. Ron’s decade as director was sandwiched between Gary Warner and Doug Trouten.
He was born on January 21, 1932, grew up outside of Boston, served in the U.S. Army, and received his bachelor’s degree from Gordon College. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University. His career as a writer and editor spanned several decades, beginning at Moody Monthly and continuing at Youth for Christ, David C. Cook Publishing, OMF, World Vision, and Serge.
Ron’s love for missions and mentoring led him to travel to 50-plus countries and to live and work in Peru and Holland. When he left EPA in 2002, he and his wife, Mary, spent several years ministering in Ireland.
As a member and elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, he served on the Missions Committee and was part of the Trinity Writers Group, where he was able to use his gifts for writing to help aspiring writers.
Ron brought EPA into the digital age, introducing technology workshops at annual conventions and launching EPA’s first website. He was responsible for the first paid sponsorship at a convention when Gospelcom sponsored a dinner at the 1997 Grand Rapids convention. He also led the board in establishing the The Joseph Bayly Award for Outstanding Service which recognized extraordinary lifetime achievement in the field of Christian journalism.
Ron is survived by his wife, six children, a brother, and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 23, 2018, at 3:00pm, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Ron’s memory may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, where they will be designated for global missions.
Related: "Ten Things I Very Much Want to Say to EPA Members Before I Leave" — Ron Wilson's 2002 farewell address to the EPA membership
Posted July 11, 2018