November 4, 1893 – September 17, 1979
Wu Yaozong, a native of Shunde, Guangdong Province, is former President of the National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China (National TSPM) and the initiator of the National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement.
Wu is an outstanding leader in the Protestant Churches in China. In 1924, he went to Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and Columbia University for studies and received his M.A. Philosophy from Columbia University. Afterwards, he returned to China in 1924 and served as Executive Secretary of Academic Team of the Young Men’s Christian Association of China. In 1937, he went to the United States again for further studies and then returned to China in 1938 and served as Director of Publishing Division of the Young Men’s Christian Association of China. In 1945, he served as Chairman of the United Publishing House, which initiated Christian Weekly. In the summer of 1950, he proclaimed the Three-Self Declaration together with 40 leaders in the Chinese Christianism, initiating the National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement. From 1951 to 1953, he was present at such international peace conferences as the World Peace Council Conference and the Christian Peace Conference on many occasions. In 1954, he was elected President of the National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China and reelected in 1961. He has served successively as member of the first and second National Committee of the CPPCC, member of the third and fourth National Committee of the CPPCC, deputy to the first to the fifth National People's Congress, member of the Standing Committee, and deputy to the first to the fifth National People’s Congress in Shanghai.