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Marilee Pierce Dunker is a powerful and passionate voice to the Church, inspiring and equipping congregations, women, and young people to use their gifts, time, and resources to expand God’s kingdom on earth and care for the poor.

As the second daughter of Dr. Bob and Lorraine Pierce, founders of World Vision, she brings a personal and unique perspective to every message, using illustrations from World Vision’s rich history and her own personal journey of faith to add dimension and biblical perspective to the moving and often amazing stories of transformation she shares.

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Marilee Pierce Dunker: World Vision advocate and ambassador for children

Marilee Pierce Dunker: World Vision advocate and ambassador for children

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Marilee’s Biography

Marilee Pierce Dunker is a powerful and passionate voice to the Church, inspiring and equipping congregations, women, and young people to use their gifts, time, and resources to expand God’s kingdom on earth and care for the poor.

As the second daughter of Dr. Bob and Lorraine Pierce, founders of World Vision, she brings a personal and unique perspective to every message, using illustrations from World Vision’s rich history and her own personal journey of faith to add dimension and biblical perspective to the moving and often amazing stories of transformation she shares.

An award-winning author, conference speaker, and radio personality, Marilee reconnected with World Vision in 2001 and discovered her own calling to the ministry her parents began five decades earlier. Since then, she has traveled to many of the places of deepest poverty on earth and spoken to thousands about the things that break the heart of God today.

With her gift for storytelling, Marilee brings to life the remarkable stories of the women and children she’s met, putting a name and a face to the overwhelming issues of our time — hunger, poverty, HIV and AIDS, human slavery, clean water, and spiritual darkness. As a wife and mother, her messages often focus on how these things impact the health and well-being of the world’s most vulnerable — women and children — and it always includes a strong call to action.

“World Vision is not about programs; it’s about people,” Marilee says, adding that she finds deep satisfaction in connecting people in need with those who have the ability to touch their lives and make a difference.

As one of World Vision’s most requested speakers for sponsorship Sundays, missions’ conferences, women’s retreats, and university convocations, Marilee is faithful to bring a strong biblical foundation to every message. Her speaking style has been described as passionate, engaging, transparent, and challenging.

“I recommend Marilee as a speaker, as an advocate for World Vision and child sponsorship, and as an ambassador of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Pastor Ryan Warne-McGraw recently wrote after Marilee spoke at his church in Irvine, California.

Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., notes with both truth and humor, “whenever Marilee speaks, you want to bring some tissue — it gets a little weepy.”

In addition to her role as a public speaker and advocate for the poor, Marilee serves as senior adviser to Women of Vision, a volunteer ministry of World Vision. She is also a frequent contributor to World Vision Magazine and has recently begun sharing her personal journey with World Vision readers in a web devotional entitled God Space.

Not least of Marilee’s contributions are her efforts to nurture World Vision staff around the world and help ensure that World Vision remains faithful to its original calling. “It is imperative that we stay connected to our spiritual roots,” she says, “so that we will continue to be a light in the darkness, pointing people to the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ in everything we do.”

Marilee has been married for more than 38 years, has two daughters, and is the proud grandmother of three. She has written four books, including the acclaimed biography Man of Vision: The Candid, Compelling Story of Bob and Lorraine Pierce.

Marilee’s Presentation Topics

Marilee is available to speak on the following topics. Learn more about our work in these areas, and contact the Speakers Bureau with any questions.

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