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​Nationally, the Christian Women’s Job Corps, a ministry of Women’s Missionary Union (WMU), began in March 1997, with the first men’s program following in 2004. In Nacogdoches, women’s classes began in February 2005.

The Christian Women’s Job Corps of Nacogdoches (CWJC) work to equip women, in a Christian context, for life and employment. A small paid staff and numerous volunteers help women to gain self-confidence, purpose, direction, and hope for their future. CWJC offers life skills, job skills, mentoring, and Bible study.

Lila Clay

Executive Director

Rebecca (Becky) Kite

Site Coordinator

Leah Woodard

Administrative Assistant

Biblical Basis for Christian Women’s Job Corps

God is deeply concerned for those in need. As disciples, we are to imitate that care and be God’s hands and feet of mercy. Hundreds of verses in the Bible refer to God’s intense love for the poor, broken, or rejected. The Scriptures make it clear that caring for hurting people is a central aspect of true Christian discipleship.

“The Lord’s Spirit has come upon me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers, and to say, ‘This is the year the Lord has chosen.'” – Luke 4:18-19 CEV

Another reason to assist hurting people is that our witness in the world rests in large part on what the world sees the church doing through compassionate ministries. We become a visible, tangible demonstration of the reality and power of God when we imitate the Lord Jesus’ compassion for the poor, broken and rejected. When we rise to the challenge of empowering women and men to move from dependency toward self-sufficiency, we experience the great joy of letting our light shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify God in Heaven (Matt. 5:16).

Board of Directors


President – Shirley Watts
VP – Christopher Hughes
Treasurer – Brandi Dalhoff
Secretary – Cathy Martin


Other Board Members:
Maria DeLeon, MD
Chris Hancock
Rev. Donald Lacey
Gabriela Martinez Llanas
John Moore
George Patterson

Biblical Guidelines

CWJC is a holistic ministry with the emphasis on treating people the way Jesus did. He was concerned for their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. He understood material and physical needs. Consider the woman He healed physically and emotionally in Mark 5:25-34. Given her medical problem, she was considered permanently unclean. Because she was ashamed, she wanted her healing to go unnoticed. Yet, Jesus insisted that she tell her story, and he publicly praised her for her faith. Jesus deals with people as whole persons; our ministry must similarly touch heart, mind, body, and soul.

CWJC provides Christians with a deliberate mission opportunity within our own community. It does not practice random acts of kindness, but rather operates a thoughtful, well-conceived, effective ministry. Through this time-intensive, individually tailored program, CWJC empowers participants toward achieving their educational, personal, and financial (employment) goals.

Jesus Christ showed us God’s love, grace, and compassion. When we experience the reality of the message we go forward into a hurting world with God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and acceptance. We minister to others out of our love for Jesus Christ, as though ministering to the Lord Himself (Matt. 25:35-40). These are foundational to our ministry of hope offered through Christian Women’s Job Corps.


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We are a interdenominational ministry and a nonprofit organization. Contributions are needed and appreciated!