early education was in San Antonio, Texas and high school, Goliad, Texas.
attended HCC, Houston and Houston Graduate School of Theology
is an alumni of (COS) Southern Methodist University
, Dallas, TX.
home church is Windsor Village UMC, Houston, Texas where she
call to ministry.
tenure in ministry has been over 22 years.
She served as the assisting pastor of Covenant Glen UMC, Missouri City, Texas (1990 - 1993), full time associate pastor, Covenant Glen UMC, Missouri City, Texas (1993 - 1997), senior pastor Boynton Chapel UMC , (third ward) Houston, Texas (1997 - 2005), senior pastor (multicultural Ministry) McCabe Roberts Avenue UMC, Beaumont, Texas (2005 - 2009), senior pastor Blueridge UMC, (Sunnyside) Houston, Texas (2009- 1014).
In connection with her appointment, she has served on numerous boards and agencies.
has served on both the District and Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
(2004 - 2008), Clergy Mentor (Residency), Conference Core Leadership Team, Black Methodist for Church Renewal, Vibrant Church Initiative, Lay Academy Initiative for young pastors, National Black Clergy Women and others.
On July 1, 2014, Rev. Wanda Bess was appointed by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the Texas Annual Conference, District Superintendent, an extension of the office of bishop.