Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita of The Wesleyan Church, serving to guide the vision and missional priorities — transforming lives, churches and communities through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ.
Elected in 2008 as the first woman General Superintendent in the history of The Wesleyan Church and its precedent bodies, Lyon has spoken to some of the largest gatherings in the evangelical movement. She has been a proponent of the holiness movement, especially as it relates to holy character and social justice. Lyon was ordained in The Wesleyan Church in 1996.
Her passion for reaching out to the last and the least has taken her around the world. She has been instrumental in mobilizing many from within and without The Wesleyan Church to help provide opportunity, dignity and hope for the poor and those who need someone to speak for them. Lyon founded World Hope International (WHI) in 1996, the relief and development partner of The Wesleyan Church. Through the strategic partnership with WHI, Lyon has helped the Church find practical ways to respond to issues of human trafficking, poverty, disaster relief and HIV/AIDS in the name of Jesus.