A Lifetime of Serving Others
Jack Wyman has devoted his life to serving others and working hard to make this world a better place. Jack believes public office is a public trust, a place of moral leadership and service. He does not believe it should be a lifetime occupation.
Jack’s life and career have been guided by his convictions, courage and compassion through involvement in nonprofit organizations, pastoral ministry and public service.
He and his wife of 37 years, Beth, have three grown daughters and five grandchildren. They have lived in Highland Village for 17 years.
In his first bid for office at age 23, Jack defeated an established 14-year incumbent lawmaker. He served two terms in the state legislature of Maine, as a member of the Education Committee and House Chairman of the Labor Committee. He was selected one of the three most effective freshman lawmakers his first year in office in a poll of veteran legislators and the press.
Like many Democrats in the 1980s, Jack was drawn to the bold, courageous and principled conservatism of Ronald Reagan and joined the Republican Party.
As leader of a statewide political action group in Maine for 10 years, Wyman fought for pro-family and pro-life legislation, defended religious liberty and worked for better economic opportunities for families. He became a highly effective and respected statehouse lobbyist and public spokesman, widely regarded as the state’s leading conservative.
In 1988, when no other Republican dared to run against future Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate George Mitchell, Wyman stepped forward to challenge him. While unsuccessful, he was credited for running a positive and thoughtful campaign of class and dignity. Even by his adversaries, Wyman was respected for having the courage to stand and fight for his conservative beliefs against daunting odds in one of the most liberal states in the nation.
In 1994, Wyman was a candidate for Governor of Maine, pulling to within a single point of runner-up in a field of eight candidates for the Republican nomination. Once again, Wyman fearlessly fought for his conservative values as a pro-life, pro-family candidate.
When his ministry service led him back to Connecticut, Wyman served on the local school board in East Haddam, where, as chairman of the newly created community relations committee, he led in bringing healing and unity to a deeply divided town. He was also influential in the selection of new educational leadership. His service to the community led to an invitation to speak at his oldest daughter’s high school commencement.
For another decade, Wyman held various leadership positions in the world’s largest prison ministry, Prison Fellowship, founded by Charles Colson. Wyman was a tireless advocate for criminal justice reform, including restitution, and a second chance for reformed ex-offenders and their families.
As advancement director for Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Wyman helped lead a capital campaign during a time of exciting growth. He is a champion of Christian education and school choice, including home-schooling and charter schools.
For more than five years, Wyman served as an advancement director for a global ministry committed to identifying and equipping leaders in other nations as they help to improve the economic and social conditions of their own countries. This included battling AIDS and sex trafficking; providing legal services for the poor, improved health care, and greater educational opportunities; advocating religious liberty, and supporting changes in public policy.
Wyman is an ordained Southern Baptist minister who has served as senior pastor in four churches. He has encouraged and helped families, served the community and inspired individuals to pursue spiritual and moral growth. In the wake of 9/11, Wyman brought comfort, clarity and encouragement to his congregation. His sermon following the attack on America was published in Preaching magazine, alongside messages by Billy Graham and Max Lucado.
Wyman holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in political science from the University of Maine. For eight years, he was a popular and respected instructor in American government and Texas politics at North Central Texas College in Corinth.
When the former Double-Tree Ranch in Highland Village was slated for the construction of high-rise apartments, Wyman joined with neighbors in successfully resisting the plan. The ranch has since been developed into a beautiful family park.
Wyman is a patriot who believes deeply in American exceptionalism. His dad, as a 19-year-old Marine, witnessed the historic flag-raising on Iwo Jima. Jack’s son-in-law, Casey, is also a Marine who has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
For the past decade, Wyman has written a weekly essay, A Word of Grace, with commentary ranging from history and politics to theology and culture. He has also published a collection of his essays titled Everything Else: Stories of Life, Faith and Our World.
Wyman teaches an adult Bible study and has served on the finance committee of Northview Baptist Church in Lewisville, where he and wife Beth are members.