Staff

The Foundation team is dedicated to helping you be the best steward of your God-given resources.

Suzanne Atkins

Senior Administrative Assistant

satkins@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1501

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Susan Cothern

Director of Ministry Services

scothern@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1507

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Caroline Cox

Director of Reynolds Ministries & Programs

ccox@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1511

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Brad Crossley

Director of Financial Services

bcrossley@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1502

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Donna Johnson

Senior Accountant

djohnson@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1505

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Scott Lucas

Staff Accountant

slucas@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1504

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David Snipes

President & Executive Director

dsnipes@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1503

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A.J. Thomas

Director of Client Relations

ajthomas@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1509

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Patti Waldeisen

Staff Accountant

pwaldeisen@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956

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Janey Wooliever

Receptionist & Facilities Coordinator

jwooliever@umfwnc.org 888-450-1956 ext. 1500

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Executive Team, Corporate Officers, and Board of Directors

George Thomas (Tom) Jordan, Chairman of the Board

David Snipes, President

Anne Martin, Vice President

Susan Cothern, Assistant Vice President

Jennifer Davis, Secretary

A.J. Thomas, Assistant Secretary

Rob Byrd, Treasurer

Brad Crossley, Assistant Treasurer

Class of 2021

Brad Chapman, Mocksville

Jennifer Davis, Gastonia

Ken Lyon, High Point

Anne Martin, Lake Junaluska

Will Rucker, Shelby

Class of 2022

Mark Bailey, Brevard

Tom Jordan, Greensboro

David Mildenburg, Charlotte

Wanda Musgrave, Charlotte

Steve Wilson, Davidson

Class of 2023

Pamela Blackstock, Charlotte

Rob Byrd, Charlotte

Tom Latimer, Mint Hill

Bill Mileham, Charlotte

Leesa Sluder, Asheville

Ex-Officio Directors

Tony Orsbon, Legal Counsel

Paul Leeland, WNCC Resident Bishop

Amy Coles, WNCC Assistant to the Bishop

Mark King, WNCC Conference Treasurer

Caroline Wood, WNCC Director of Missional Engagement & Connectional Relationships

George Coates, WNCC Council on Finance & Administration

Honorary Directors

Lacy Baynes, Greensboro

Chris Davis, Davidson

Harley Dickson, Asheville

Sam Smith, Charlotte

Honorary Directors (Deceased)

Carlton Fleming, Deceased

Goldston Harris, Deceased

Johnie Jones, Deceased

Royce O. Reynolds, Deceased

Dr. John Sills, Deceased

Theodore (Ted) Sumner, Deceased

Welcome! We're glad you're here.

Throughout this site, we hope you see our resounding commitment to be a ministry of the Church, for the Church, throughout western North Carolina and beyond.

The Foundation has actively managed investments since 1985. Since that time, we have grown to become one of the largest United Methodist Foundations with current assets over $200 million.

One of our primary goals is to help you be the best steward of the monies entrusted to you. We offer a variety of fund options to help you best meet your investment goals, while also respecting your tolerance for risk. All of our funds are invested in socially responsible ways that offer competitive returns at competitively low administrative fees.

 However, while fund management is a huge part of our ministry, the Foundation is much more:

  • We encourage endowment development and lead planned giving workshops.
  • We teach personal and corporate stewardship.
  • We offer clergy leadership training programs that are modeled throughout United Methodism.
  • We care for our clergy by offering the Clergy Debt Reduction Loan Program, offered in partnership with The WNCC Board of Pension & Health Benefits and The Duke Endowment.
  • We welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ from throughout the conference as we serve as a meeting place where ministries can be discussed and plans can be made.
  • We give grants that not only help financially support ministries, but also scholarships that help fund the education of United Methodists throughout the Western North Carolina Conference.

We believe it is an honor and a privilege to be in ministry with you. We view the work of the Foundation to be a calling. Therefore, we view every encounter with a church, related institution or individual to be an opportunity to strengthen God’s kingdom. Our mission and vision statement underscore our daily commitment:

 The United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. is a ministry of the Church for the Church, whose mission is to build the Church for generations to come. We fulfill this mission by investing in people, churches and related institutions and innovation. We envision a Church where people live out their discipleship through the faithful stewardship of their God-given resources.

Grace and Peace,

David A. Snipes, President & Executive Director