Yesterday family and friends of Dr. Wanda Walborn gathered to witness the opening of a new chapter in her life and ministry. A consecration service was held at Risen King Alliance Church in New City, NY for the beloved professor and Nyack College Director of Spiritual Formation. This long awaited day came for the tireless, selfless, single-minded servant leader who has not wavered from her purpose-driven life while earning her D.Min. (Western Seminary), M.Div. (Alliance Theological Seminary) and BA (Nyack).
The Christian and Missionary Alliance defines consecration as “the public recognition and affirmation of God’s call to women for a lifetime of service. This call, distinct from human vocational choice, is exercised through God-given and Holy Spirit empowered giftedness for an effective witness about Jesus Christ and proclamation of biblical truth for the purpose of reconciling people to God and equipping God’s people to fulfill the Great Commission to ‘make disciples of all nations.’” Following the C&MA consecration ceremony, a woman carries the distinction, Consecrated Woman in Ministry (CWM).
The undeniable call on Wanda Walborn’s life for ministry was the common thread woven through the powerful service that celebrated the decades of service that she has already contributed to the Body of Christ. Her visionary leadership was recognized as visionary, prophetic, practical and pivotal. From the opening prayer offered by Mrs. Lisa Plunket, pastor of Community Life at Risen King Alliance Church; worship songs sung by the Risen King worship team and led by pastor Gabe Tringale; the charge delivered by Risen King lead pastor Dr. Michael Plunket; the explanation of consecration and vows by Rev. Dave Janssen, North Regional Director of the Metropolitan District of the C&MA; the blessing of her husband Dr. Ron Walborn, vice president and dean of Alliance Theological Seminary; the prayers of friends including Rev. Janssen and Rev. Donna Baptiste of Clarendon Road Church; the original spoken word of Emmanuel Jean-Pierre, Nyack College creative arts coordinator; and the rousing rendition of “This is Me” sung by Siobhan Seaman, Nyack College Worship Ministries Coordinator—every word spoken and sung was a reflection of the impact that Wanda Walborn has had on countless lives. As Dr. Michael Plunket commented, “This woman never had a Plan B.”
Neither did God.
The campus community congratulates and celebrates Dr. Wanda Walborn!