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 Administration
Committee in grant selection and help grant applicants move through the
process,” said Jim Argue Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “This part-time position
of service is a perfect match for Mackey’s abilities and the needs of the
Under Episcopal appointment since 1976, Rev. Yokem has
served Extension Appointments as the Executive Director of Camp Aldersgate,
Director of Church Relations at Hendrix College, Pastor at Primrose UMC in
Little Rock; and Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Congregations in Gurdon,
Lonoke, Warren and Russellville. He
served as District Superintendent of the Northwest District of the Arkansas
Annual Conference and as Executive Director of Mission and Ministry of the
Arkansas Annual Conference with specific responsibilities in strategic
alignment of the Imagine Ministry process across the Annual Conference,
Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop. He will retire at the 2016 session of Annual
Conference in June.
Rev. Yokem has served as a member of: Arkansas Conference
Council on Finance and
Administration; University of Arkansas Wesley Foundation Board
of Directors; Heart of the Ozarks Emmaus Community Board of Directors; Board of
Trustees of the Mount Sequoyah
Conference and Retreat Center; Board of Trustees of Hendrix
College; Board of Directors of The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas; and
Board of Directors of Methodist Health System of Arkansas.
He is a native of Little Rock and grew up in St. Luke
United Methodist Church. Rev. Yokem received his License to Preach in 1968.
After graduating from Hendrix College, he earned a Master of Theology degree
from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He
and Cindy Olmstead from Rison married in 1971. The Yokems are the parents of
four children and four grandchildren.
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $131
million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local
churches and other United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest
United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is
responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.