Rev. Roy Beth Kelley had a dilemma. After receiving a call to ministry, the Russellville attorney served as a local pastor for several years. Then she felt a deeper calling from God to attend United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio full time.
“I knew I couldn’t be a pastor, work at my law practice, and go to seminary full time. So I quit working at the law office, wrote a big check for my first semester of seminary, and took a leap of faith,” Roy Beth recalled....
“We’re not grateful because we are happy, we are happy because we are grateful.” Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, quoted a Benedictine monk to begin his luncheon speech November 17 at the 2017 Bishops’ Club Luncheon in Little Rock.
Rev. Hamilton spoke of cultivating a rhythm of gratitude and working to keep from slipping into a habit of lament. He gave examples of studies that have shown that...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Nov. 14, 2017) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently made an additional $10,000 grant to the help complete the $225,000 chapel at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern. Previously the Foundation made a $25,000 grant to the program.
“The UMFA Board of Directors are pleased to have a part in the building of the chapel,” said Jim Argue, UMFA President and CEO. “John Wesley’s dedication to prison visitation and...
Rev. Katie Goss Pearce glows when she talks about the legacy First UMC, Morrilton, receives from the late Lt. Gov. Nathan Gordon's endowment through the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas.
"In the past, some thought it would have been better to have the $500,000 gift in a lump sum," said the senior pastor. "But after all these years the principal is still making money for us and we receive around $21,000 each year to support church ministries. That makes the interest...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Aug. 18, 2017) – Martha Sowell of First UMC, Little Rock, has created the Historic Arkansas Methodist Museum Endowment to support the work of the museum that displays, collects, and preserves historical materials from the Arkansas Conference.
The initial gift of $20,000 from the Sam and Martha Sowell family will be invested and annual distributions will be used for essential operations of the museum. The museum’s board of directors will determine the best use...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 14, 2017) – Four Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) interns are working in Arkansas congregations this summer thanks to grants from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. The interns are students of the United Methodist college preparatory school in El Paso, Texas, sponsored by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.
“We should all be proud and thankful for the UMC’s ministry at Lydia Patterson,” said Jim Argue, Jr.,...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 14, 2017) – The Methodist Museum of the Arkansas Conference recently received a $6,275 grant for one-time capital improvements at its location in the basement of First UMC, Little Rock. The grant was made to purchase track lighting, install high definition digital monitors and facilitate proper display and storage for historic quilts.
“We are pleased to make the experience of visiting the museum better through these improvements,’ said Jim Argue,...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 13, 2017) – A $1 million gift from John and Becki Lusk of El Dorado will fund the Lusk Training Center at the new 9,400-square-foot headquarters building of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. The building will be conveniently located just off of Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock’s The Villages of Wellington development, a tranquil, wooded multi-purpose neighborhood. The building is expected to be completed in early 2019.
“God wanted me to...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 20, 2017) – Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, will be the featured speaker at the 2017 UMFA Bishops’ Club Luncheon Nov. 17. He will also lead a conversation for young pastors while in the state.
“We are excited that Adam will be joining us in November,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “Adam is one of the most influential leaders in the United...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 15, 2017) – A total of 49 Arkansas students recently were named recipients of the Dollars for Scholars scholarships by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. For each recipient, the students’ local churches give $1,000, and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation matches that contribution. Then the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas gives $1,000, and the student’s selected college contributes $1,000 for a $4,000 award.
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 24, 2017) – The United Methodist Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant to Methodist Family Health (MFH) to allow youth from eight therapeutic group homes throughout Arkansas to attend the Rev. Robert Regnier Memorial Summer Camp at Camp Tanako in Hot Springs.
“This is a great partnership between three Arkansas United Methodist ministries. Methodist Family Health provides its wonderful ministry to children, Camp Tanako provides a great...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 17, 2017) – A total of 47 pastors aged 58 plus and some of their spouses participated in a Pre-Retirement Seminar sponsored by the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas on April 3 and 4.
“As people retire, they have many productive years left,” said Rev. Mackey Yokem, UMFA Grants Administrator who also works on leadership development ministries for the Foundation. “Our goal with the seminar was to help pastors and their spouses determine how...
Bailey Faulkner grew up a Presbyterian and joined Pulaski Heights UMC when she married Will Faulkner in 2009. A friend told her about a job at Ozark Mission Project, and Bailey sensed immediately that OMP was a part of God's plan for her life.
Today she leads Ozark Mission Project, a United Methodist affiliated ministry that transforms lives through worship, fellowship, and hands-on mission. The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas provided a matching grant that allowed OMP to expand...
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A Lifetime of Serving and Giving
Brigadier General Bill Webster, USAFR, knows more about trusts and annuities than most of us will ever know. After 25 years of serving in the military, including in World War II, he led trust departments in Texas, Kentucky, founded the Trust Company of Florida and then moved to Little Rock to head the trust department at Union Bank. After a second retirement he worked for the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas for 25 years.
So when he says...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 17, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas is announcing an anonymous gift of $25,000 from a Little Rock family to help renovate the facility at Canvas Community Church at 1111 West 7 th St., Little Rock, to house clinics for a homeless healthcare initiative led by the UAMS College of Nursing.
“The clinics will save lives,” said Rev. Carter Ferguson, Senior Pastor at Canvas Community Church. “But they also allow Canvas...
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Each year Rev. Jimmy and Lorraine Mosby choose to make a second mile gift to support the United Methodist Foundation and to honor the bishops of the Arkansas Conference, past and present, through their membership in the UMFA Bishops’ Club.
“I believe in the Foundation because of the good it does for the Conference. Being a Bishops’ Club Annual Member is my small way to be a part of the Foundation’s worthwhile ministries like seminary scholarships,” said Jimmy....
“How to translate God to the world.”
That’s the lesson Rev. Dr. Michelle Morris values most from her years at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas as a United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas Seminary Scholar.
Michelle is the solo pastor of two churches in Fort Smith, Wesley UMC and Cavanaugh UMC. She loves the joy and challenge of serving two loving churches who have two different missions and histories. She also serves the larger church by teaching Course of Study for...
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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Aug. 26, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently announced a total of $5,015 in grants to support the 2016 Youth Ministry Cohort and the Equip youth ministry training event Sept. 10.
“Providing accessible, affordable one-day training for youth ministry workers and making it possible for five churches to take a deep dive into a six-month youth ministry training cohort both fall in line with our United Methodist Foundation grants goals of...
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Anthony A. “Tony” Hilliard, President Elect of the Arkansas Bar Association and former Chancellor of the Arkansas Conference, believes the UMFA-sponsored annual gathering of United Methodist lawyers helps Arkansas lawyers, local churches and the Conference.
“It’s free CLE to help Methodist lawyers give free legal advice to their churches and the only continuing education I know of that serves Communion,” Tony said. “I find it interesting how many attorneys...
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Monday, August 8, 2016
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (August 8, 2016) – The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation recently named 40 Arkansas students as recipients of the Dollars for Scholars scholarship. For each recipient, the students’ local churches give $1,000, and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation matches that contribution. Then the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas gives $1,000, and the student’s selected college contributes $1,000 for a significant $4,000 award.
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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 20, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant to Methodist Family Health (MFH) to help fund the Rev. Robert Regnier Memorial Camp hosted every year by MFH at Camp Tanako in Hot Springs.
“This is an opportunity for our kids to experience fun camp activities like their peers. Time spent in an outdoor ministry setting like Camp Tanako provides unique experiences that are valuable for the youth in our care,” said...
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (June 29, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently awarded two grants administered by the Arkansas Conference Center for Vitality that will send local church congregations and clergy to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR). One will enable Arkansas United Methodists to attend COR’s Leadership Institute, and the other will send youth and college students to COR’s Young Preachers Festival.
For the fourth year, UMFA...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Eight new members recently were elected to the UMFA Board of
Directors, including Rev. Bruce Bennett of Texarkana; Debra H. Fiser, M.D., of
Little Rock; Pam Harris of North Little Rock; Rev. Phil Hathcock of Maumelle;
Rev. Lynn Kilbourne of Conway; Rev. Jim Polk of Arkadelphia; Steve Shults of
Little Rock; and Dewitt Smith of Bella Vista.
“We are excited to welcome these incoming board members,”
said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “Our organization is dedicated to
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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 18, 2016) – Rev. Mackey
Yokem, Executive Director of the Office of Mission and Ministry for the
Arkansas Conference, will retire this summer and join the staff of the United
Methodist Foundation of Arkansas as Grants Administrator July 1. Last year the
Foundation awarded more than $1 million in discretionary grants to enhance
ministries in the Conference.
“We are pleased to have someone with Mackey’s
dedication and knowledge join our staff to assist the Grants...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK.
(March 23, 2016) – The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently made an $8,000 grant to Mission u for first-time
attendee scholarships. Mission u is an
annual UMW-sponsored opportunity to study current issues impacting society with
particular attention to the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission
work of the church.
We are appreciative of the grant from the Foundation,” said
Mission u Dean Rosemary Kirby of First UMC, Sardis. “We hope to...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (March 4, 2016) – Clergywomen
of the Arkansas United Methodist Conference will attend the UM Clergywomen
Global Gathering in Houston in August thanks to a $15,000 grant from the United
Methodist Foundation of Arkansas.
“Attending the global gathering is a once-in-lifetime
opportunity to fellowship with our sisters in ministry around the world, learn
from each other about making disciples of Jesus Christ in mission fields both
close and far away, and support each other in...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (January 25, 2016) –The
United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas recently awarded a $9,000 grant to send
a group of clergy to the Academy of Faith and Money and a $15,000 grant to send
worship teams to the FUSION Conference as a part of the UMFA Grants Committee’s
commitment to building leadership.
"The UMFA continues to be committed to developing
faithful and fruitful clergy leaders for the Arkansas Conference by supporting
life-long learning for pastors in local...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Jan 11, 2016) – Camp Tanako in Hot
Springs has received a $20,000 grant from The United Methodist Foundation of
Arkansas to install a high ropes challenge course. The grant will purchase
ropes, harnesses, helmets, other hardware, and Association for Challenge Course
Technology facilitator training.
The Camp Tanako high ropes course will include a climbing
tower with a rappelling wall, four individual challenge elements, a team
challenge element, and a zip line. It...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (December 30, 2015) – Hendrix
College in Conway will receive a $150,000 grant over the next three years from
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas as a part of a capital campaign to
build the new Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center on its campus. This
commitment enables the Foundation to name the center’s Conference Room in
memory of Richard and Gertrude Butler.
“To successfully recruit the best and brightest students and
provide ample space for all guests to...
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LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 27, 2015) – The late Helen Bernice Burns,
a long-time member of Asbury UMC in Little Rock, established a fund at the
United Methodist Foundation through her estate plan to continue to support her
local church and Arkansas Conference ministries beyond her lifetime.
Through the Helen Bernice Burns Memorial Endowment Fund,
Asbury UMC and the UMFA will receive annual income from the investment of $560,000
in perpetuity. Half will go to Asbury to support local...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (June 10, 2014) – Clergy and lay
people from six congregations recently attended the Large Church Initiative Conference
at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Representatives from First
UMC in Conway, First UMC in Russellville, Central UMC in Fayetteville, Trinity
UMC in Little Rock, First UMC in Springdale and First UMC in Jonesboro participated.
Rev. Roy Smith, Senior Pastor at First UMC in
Russellville, said his biggest takeaways from the meeting were...
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 19, 2015) – A $50,000 grant from The
United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas is being used to help Camp Aldersgate
set up a fund to maintain its soon-to-be-built Activity Center where campers
can play indoors during rainy or hot weather and enjoy both arts and
“We are grateful to The Foundation for its continued support
of Camp,” said CEO Sarah Wacaster. “The latest $50,000 grant is a part of a
fund that will support programming for a new Activity...
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas was trustee for
Lucile Barnett’s Revocable Trust and Charitable Remainder Unitrust until her
death in 2010. Upon her death, the Rollin and Lucile Barnett Memorial Endowment
Fund was created with approximately $650,000. Her
estate plan left instructions that the original gift was to never be spent, it
was to be invested wisely, and the annual income was to be distributed each
year according to her instructions.
The annual income from the...
and Craig Wood are leaders at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
They are pleased to know the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages
their local church’s endowment funds.
Butler Sr. was a member of our church. He was a big advocate and supporter of
the Foundation,” said Craig. “We know and trust Jim Argue and his staff for
their expertise and their commitment. Also, working with the Foundation takes
some politics out of the fund management decision when...
late Winfred Polk of Corning believed in the United Methodist Foundation in its
infancy. He made significant gifts of resources, time and talent with a
steadfast commitment to a Foundation that could eventually support United
Methodist ministries throughout the state.
Polk was a Chevrolet dealer and long-time leader in the Corning United Methodist
Church. He had a great interest in Methodist history and traveled to England to
visit key places in the history of the Church for...
and I decided to put our money to good use through the Foundation,” said the
late Eva Lee Paysinger. “It’s our way of saying thanks to a church that has
done so much for us.”
The late Rev. Vernon Paysinger and his wife dedicated their
lives to Christian ministry long ago, and it was only natural for them to leave
their estate to the United Methodist Foundation. After her death, the $750,000
Vernon and Eva Lee Paysinger Endowment was established to make grants to causes
Bill and Karon Mann joined the Bishops’ Club because they believe UMFA
is a resource for the entire Arkansas Conference. Bishops’ Club members
make the Foundation’s ministry possible.
Because of their generosity and foresight, the Church is strengthened
and more is done in the name of Jesus Christ.
addition to helping the Conference as a whole, the Foundation makes a big
difference for local churches," said Bill. "Congregations all over
the state who participate in...
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
and Becki Lusk love their church – First United Methodist Church of El
Dorado. He was a hands-on Board of
Trustees Chairman and has participated in mission trips to the Mississippi
coast and Haiti. Becki has made three
mission trips to Mexico, is a leader in UMW and helped with interior design for
the refurbished Fellowship Hall.
a stockbroker for 31 years, decided after retirement to create a $1 million
endowment to support his local church.
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Rev. Tony and Barbara Hill want to make the transfer of their estate to their four children and five grandchildren as easy as possible during what they know will be a difficult time in the future. “I’ve seen lots of families torn apart because there was no will, and we’ve seen for ourselves the difference it makes,” said Tony, senior pastor at DeWitt First United Methodist Church.
“My mother did it the right way. She had a will, a living will and plans for...