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Gertie and Dick Butler: Faithful Stewards

When you look up the meaning of philanthropist-“a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes”, it describes Dick and Gertie Butler of Little Rock.   Dick Butler spent many years helping the fledgling United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas become the strong ministry partner it is today. Dick and Gertie Butler are an appropriate beginning for the story of the UMFA. One of the original incorporators in 1963, he had a... Read More
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Dewitt and Cindy Smith: A Wesleyan Viewpoint

“I’m a long-term planner. The future of our children is to get United Methodist trained pastors into our churches to teach and preach the Wesleyan culture,” said Dewitt Smith of Bella Vista. “I define that culture as taking it to the streets and living your faith.”   Dewitt Smith, III, has a long family history of service to Methodism.  His direct ancestor on his paternal grandfather’s side opened his home at Isle of Wight, Virginia, to Francis Asbury for a meeting with American... Read More
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Kenneth Brumley: Serving His Church Family Forever

The congregation of Wesley United Methodist Church in Conway is family to retired engineer Kenneth Brumley.  He moved from Richmond, Indiana, after his wife passed away to be near one of his daughters and her family.  A lifelong Methodist, he considers the church to be the focus of his life.   “My faith directed me toward this church family,” he said. “When you go to church regularly and make it a part of your life, your personal faith is easier to nurse. The idea is to go... Read More
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41 Arkansas Students Heading to United Methodist Colleges Named 2015 Dollars for Scholars Recipients

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 15, 2015) – The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation recently named 41 Arkansas students as recipients of the Dollars for Scholars scholarship awards. For each recipient, the students’ local churches give $1,000, and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation matches that contribution. Then the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas gives $1,000, and the student’s selected college contributes $1,000 for a significant $4,000 award.  “More Arkansas... Read More

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... Read More

$40,000 UMFA Grant Funds Vehicle for Mobile Food Pantry

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 26, 2015) – A $40,000 grant from The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas will fund the purchase of a vehicle to begin a mobile food pantry ministry serving students at ASU Beebe, ASU Marked Tree, and ASU Newport, along with supplementing a backpack food program for elementary and middle school students in Harrisburg.   “We believe this innovative ministry will make a huge difference for students at two-year colleges in east Arkansas and could be a pilot for... Read More