Selma has been in the Christian publishing arena for almost 30 years. She served at LifeWay Christian Resources, the largest Christian resource organization in the world, for 28 years until her recent retirement, October 2018. Since her retirement, she is serving the Christian community as an executive consultant, bible study teacher, and mentor to women.
While at LifeWay, Selma served on the executive leadership team for eight years as the first woman in LifeWay’s history to serve as a senior executive vice-president. In February 2015, she was named Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President of Organizational Development, leading the people strategy for the 5,000 employees of LifeWay.
Prior to this, she served for over four years as President of B&H Publishing Group, the trade- publishing arm of LifeWay. During this time, B&H experienced year over year growth, won many industry awards including Spanish Publisher of the Year for three consecutive years, gained in market positioning, and broke records for New York times best-sellers. She also led in the launch of B&H Kids, now a market leader for children’s resources.
During her 28-year tenure at LifeWay, she served in various positions including Editor-in-Chief of HomeLife and Journey magazines and Director of Discipleship of Family Magazines. She was on the original team that launched LifeWay Women’s resources in 1994. She and her husband, Rodney, have authored two books, Extraordinary Marriage and The Parent Adventure.
Selma has worked with many top authors in the Christian arena including Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Lisa Harper, Kelly Minter, Stephen and Alex Kendrick, Thom Rainer, Gary Chapman, and She Reads Truth.
She has been married to Rodney Wilson for 46 years and has served with him in various ministry roles including marriage and family ministry. Currently, they are enjoying retirement
together. Selma has two adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and is grandmother to Josiah, Abby, Caleb, Emmy, and Judah. Being a grandmother has become her favorite role of all!
Selma earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with continued education at the University of Southern California and Columbia University in New York.