Rev. Mackey Yokem to Join UMFA Staff as Grants Administrator

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 Foundation.”

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.