November 4th 2011
Remembering TWR International Board Member Dr. Avery Willis
Dr. Avery Willis, global missions leader and TWR International board member, went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2010. He had bravely battled leukemia since January. Dr. Willis lived in Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was 76.
“Avery was a unique blend of a true pastor, a strategic missions executive and an activist for the Body of Christ,” says TWR President Lauren Libby. “There are only several such leaders in each generation, and Avery certainly qualified as one of today’s spiritual stalwarts.”
A renowned speaker and conference leader, Dr. Willis was the executive director of International Orality Network. He served as ambassador-at-large for the Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach at Oklahoma Baptist University. Willis and his wife, Shirley, served as missionaries in Indonesia for 14 years.
Dr. Willis wrote numerous books and has co-authored On Mission with God with Henry Blackaby. He also created the well-regarded MasterLife discipleship materials while serving as president of Indonesian Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, Dr. Willis was a former pastor and previous senior vice president of the International Mission Board.
Dr. Willis is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons, Randy, Wade and Brett; two daughters, Sherrie and Krista; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.