Dewitt and Cindy Smith: A Wesleyan Viewpoint
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 Methodists in the late 1700s.
Smiths contribute to the Foundation’s Seminary Scholarship Fund which funds
three-year educations at United Methodist seminaries for young pastors who
agree to come back to the Arkansas Conference to serve local churches. Helping
students get out of seminary with little or no debt means they are more focused
and better able to serve our local churches.
Dewitt, a former UMFA
board member and former chair, has given generously of his time and energy.
He’s been an important leader as the UMFA has grown to become one of the
largest United Methodist foundations in the country.
“I believe an active United Methodist Foundation gives us an
opportunity to fund worthwhile ministries and ties in wonderfully with our
connectional church,” Dewitt said.
“Ultimately we are able to help people do what they really want to do
for their churches and other United Methodist organizations.”