United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas Elects New Board Members

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (June 12, 2015) – Rev. J. Wayne Clark of Conway, Daryl Coker of Little Rock, The Honorable Beth Deere of Little Rock, Rev. Dr. John Robbins of Fayetteville and Bill Wisener of Monticello recently were elected to the board of directors for The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. The Foundation builds endowments to enhance United Methodist ministries in the Arkansas Conference and manages endowment funds for local churches and United Methodist institutions.  

“We are pleased to welcome Wayne, John and Bill as new members and Daryl and Beth as returning board members after leaving the board for a time,” said Jim Argue, Jr., UMFA President and CEO.  

Rev. Clark is Associate Vice President of Development and Dean of the Chapel for Hendrix College. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chaplain of Hendrix College. He previously was Pastor of Hawley Memorial UMC, Pine Bluff, and Associate Pastor of First UMC, Magnolia.   

Pulaski Heights UMC has been the focus of Coker’s religious life for more than 35 years, and he is member of the Newton Good News Class. He was National Sales Consultant for eDocAmerica, an organization that provides electronic access to health care for employees and corporations worldwide.  

Deere is a United States Magistrate Judge and periodically teaches classes at the William H. Bowen School of Law. She is active in the Henry Woods Inn of Court and serves on the 8th Circuit Model Jury Instruction Committee. Deere is a member of Pulaski Heights UMC.  

Currently Senior Pastor of Central UMC, Fayetteville, Rev. Dr. Robbins previously was Senior Pastor of Marvin UMC in Tyler, Texas; Trinity UMC in Arlington, Texas, and other churches in the Central Texas Conference where he was a Jurisdictional Conference delegate in 2000 and 2004.  

Wiserner, is a CPA who retired as a community executive with Simmons First Bank in Monticello. He is a member of First UMC, Monticello, where he teaches Dave Ramsey’s biblical approach to financial peace. He is incoming chairman of Committee on Finance and Administration for the Arkansas Conference of the UMC.  

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $135 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.