Jo Anne Lyon
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is the General Superintendent of our denomination, serving to guide the vision, key message, and missional priorities of The Wesleyan Church, which is transforming lives, churches, and communities with the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Lyon serves on the board of directors at many organizations she believes in representing The Wesleyan Church, including the NAE Executive Committee, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the Christian Community Development Association and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. She also serves as an Ex – Officio board member for all Wesleyan institutions of higher education.
Dr. Lyon holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, further graduate studies in Historical Theology and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She has written several articles and publications, including the book Ultimate Blessing and has served over 30 years in Pastoral Ministry. She has been Adjunct Professor of Church and Society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. Known by many as the founder and CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA, she led the organization to great influence as a faith-based relief and development organization; alleviating suffering and injustice in over 30 countries.
Dr. Lyon and her husband, Rev. Wayne Lyon, live in the Indianapolis area. They have four children and eight grandchildren.