Meet the Foundation Staff

Helping you be the best steward of your God-given resources.

Annalee Allen

Director of Reynolds Ministries and Programs 888-450-1956 ext. 1504

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Susan Cothern

Chief Operating Officer 888-450-1956 ext. 1507

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Brad Crossley

Chief Financial Officer 888-450-1956 ext. 1502

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Matt Garfield

Director of Communications 888-450-1956 ext. 1500

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Amanda Goedert

Staff Accountant 888-450-1956 ext. 1501

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Andrea Gutierrez

Staff Accountant 888-450-1956 ext. 1517

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Donna Johnson

Controller 888-450-1956 ext. 1505

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David Snipes

Chief Executive Officer 888-450-1956 ext. 1503

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A.J. Thomas

Director of Client Relations 888-450-1956 ext. 1509

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Candace Williams

Executive Support Specialist 888-450-1956 ext. 1506

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Caroline Wood

Executive and Program Support Specialist 888-450-1956 ext. 1002

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Executive Team, Corporate Officers, and Board of Directors

Anne Martin, Chair of the Board

David Snipes, President

Jennifer Davis, Vice President

Susan Cothern, Assistant Vice President

Brad Chapman, Secretary

A.J. Thomas, Assistant Secretary

Glenn Kinken, Treasurer

Brad Crossley, Assistant Treasurer

Class of 2023

Pamela Blackstock, Charlotte

Glenn Kinken, Winston-Salem

Tom Latimer, Mint Hill

Bill Mileham, Charlotte

Leesa Sluder, Asheville

Class of 2024

Brad Chapman, Mocksville

Jennifer Davis, Gastonia

Anne Martin, Lake Junaluska

Will Rucker, Shelby

Matt Sink, Charlotte

Class of 2025

Mark Bailey, Asheville

David Mildenberg, Charlotte

Wanda Musgrave, Charlotte

Melvin Scales, Winston-Salem

Steve Wilson, Davidson

Ex-Officio Directors

Ken Carter, WNCC Resident Bishop

Amy Coles, WNCC Assistant to the Bishop

Mark King, WNCC Conference Treasurer

Jae Lee, WNCC Director of Missional Engagement & Connectional Relationships

Tony Orsbon, Legal Counsel

Irish Spencer, WNCC Council on Finance & Administration

Honorary Directors

Lacy Baynes, Greensboro

Chris Davis, Davidson

Tom Jordan, Greensboro

Sam Smith, Charlotte

Honorary Directors (Deceased)

Harley Dickson, 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 surpassing $300 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.

Please know that the board members and staff of the Foundation continue to be in prayer with and for you. 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, Chief Executive Officer