Wilmer C. Fields

Wilmer C. Fields

Wilmer C. Fields ("W.C.") was an RCC Life Member, having joined RCC in 1959. He served as national president from 1966-1967.

Fields was one of the founders of the international Religion Communication Congress held every 10 years beginning in 1970.

He was a graduate of Louisiana College graduated with master of theology and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was Southern's national alumni president in 1978 and distinguished alumnus of the year in 1986.

Fields served as pastor of churches in Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi before entering the world of religion communications as editor of the Mississippi Baptist Record newspaper, 1956-1959. He expanded his role as communicator when he became vice president for public relations with the Executive Committee, Southern Baptist Convention from 1959 until his retirement in 1987. In this capacity, he was also SBC press representative, 1959-1987; director of Baptist Press, 1959-87; and editor of The Baptist Program, 1959-72.

He was a member  of the Religious Public Relations Council, beginning in 1959 and served as its national president from 1966-67.

He was a member of the Associated Church Press from 1956-87, serving as its national president from 1967-69. He was a member of the  Baptist Public Relations Association (BPRA) from 1959-87, and served as its national president from 1970-71. The BPRA annual awards program was named "Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition." He was an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America from 1959-87, and chairman of its non-profit section for three years.

In addition, Fields was a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Religion in American Life, the Nashville chapter of National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Nashville Council on Community Services, the Nashville United Way Campaign.

He was listed in Who's Who in America from 1976 to 1987. He received the Good Shepherd Award, Association of Baptists for Scouting in 1981.

Fields was married to Rebecca Elizabeth Hagan from 1946 until her death in 2002. They had three children and eight grandchildren. He married Lawanna Jane House McIver in 2003.

Fields enjoyed flying power planes and sailplanes, fishing and photography. He traveled in 146 countries and set foot on all seven of the earth's continents.

Fields said about RCC: "Throughout my 28 active years as VP/PR, Executive Committee, Southern Baptist Convention, I was an active, involved participant in the life of RPRC/BCA. That involvement was not only a great personal pleasure, but also a major source of continuing education and important networking. Through this fine organization, I have links with a diverse lot of great people who have become lifelong treasured friends."

Dr. Fields died December 2, 2018.

 
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