Joyce Peck: Faith Funds

For the Good of All

Former United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas Board Member Joyce Peck believes the Foundation works for the good of all United Methodists in Arkansas. She cites the work they do for local churches throughout the state — like offering free information on building endowments and providing Provide and Protect estate planning workshops.

A Texas native, Joyce came to Arkansas with her late husband Cliff Peck to start an automobile dealership as the 1960s were beginning. A few years later then Arkansas Bishop Paul Galloway asked the couple, who attended First UMC, Little Rock, to help start a new church on the city’s western edge. “I love everything about St. James UMC,” she said. “Maybe because we were one of the first families to start the church. The people are great, they work hard, and I feel like I had a hand in building a great church. I’ve supported it physically, mentally, and financially.”

Another cause Joyce cares about is Camp Aldersgate, where she donated a carousel that has been refitted to allow children with disabilities to enjoy rides. The camp has benefited from UMFA grants for its master plan, infrastructure, and strategic planning.

“Whoever needs help, the Foundation is there for them,” said Joyce. “Nearly every Methodist in the state has been helped in some way.”