Bergeron retires after 13 years at state Baptist paper

Wanda Bergeron said the 13 years she worked at The Alabama Baptist (TAB) was “so much more than just a job” — it was a “sweet journey.”

Bergeron, who has served as TAB’s local editions coordinator since 2005, will retire from the role March 31.

Over the years, she has been a consistent presence in the lives of churches and associations that run a customized newsletter as part of their audience’s version of TAB, according to Jennifer Davis Rash, TAB’s editor-elect.

“Wanda served in the local edition segment of our ministry during a pivotal time,” Rash said. “She was tasked with training and encouraging the more than 150 church and association partners to move to an advanced level of page production from where they started, and she and the TAB team pulled it off. She spent many hours on the phone and several days on the road working with each person individually to help them. She became a life source for many.”

Bergeron served TAB’s local edition partners with “kindness, patience and grace,” Rash said. “She also has journeyed through countless life moments with them and has been a needed source of prayer for all of them as well as for all of us at The Alabama Baptist.”

Before coming to TAB, Bergeron held positions in management at Raytheon Engineers, Protective Life Insurance Company and government agencies. She also has completed studies in ministry at Highlands College in Birmingham.

Bergeron has three children and eight grandchildren and is a member of Church of the Highlands, Grandview.

‘A wonderful journey’

“It really has not been a job but a wonderful journey where I have lived out my passions of helping and training [TAB’s] customers,” she said.

Serving as the hands and feet of Jesus is rewarding, she said. “The Alabama Baptist is like family and you never retire from family or serving God. I may be going on a different journey but my Alabama Baptist family will always be in my heart.” (TAB)