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
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.