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....
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...
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...
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...
“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...
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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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...
When you look up the
meaning of philanthropist-“a person
who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation
of money to good causes”, it describes Dick and Gertie Butler of Little Rock.
Butler spent many years helping the fledgling United Methodist Foundation of
Arkansas become the strong ministry partner it is today. Dick and Gertie Butler
are an appropriate beginning for the story of the UMFA. One of the original
incorporators in 1963, he had a...
a long-term planner. The future of our children is to get United Methodist
trained pastors into our churches to teach and preach the Wesleyan culture,”
said Dewitt Smith of Bella Vista. “I define that culture as taking it to the
streets and living your faith.”
Smith, III, has a long family history of service to Methodism. His direct ancestor on his paternal
grandfather’s side opened his home at Isle of Wight, Virginia, to Francis
Asbury for a meeting with American...
The congregation of Wesley United Methodist Church in Conway
is family to retired engineer Kenneth Brumley.
He moved from Richmond, Indiana, after his wife passed away to be near
one of his daughters and her family. A
lifelong Methodist, he considers the church to be the focus of his life.
“My faith directed me toward this church family,” he said.
“When you go to church regularly and make it a part of your life, your personal
faith is easier to nurse. The idea is to go...