Photos of Foundation happenings

See Foundation staff and friends as we carry out our mission – and have some fun while doing it.

Above: The Foundation hosted our counterparts from the United Methodist Foundation of North Carolina for a day of fellowship and idea-sharing.

Above: The United Methodist Men from St. Mark’s UMC in Charlotte met at the Foundation on a recent Saturday morning.

Above: Participants in the Certificate Program in Church Treasury met via Zoom to learn about best practices in church finance.

Above: The staff celebrated David’s 22nd work anniversary.

Above: Mark Bailey spoke during the February Board of Directors meeting.

Above: The financial services staff enjoyed a visit from former colleague Andrea Gutierrez and Baby Jack.

Above: The staff convinced a reluctant David Snipes to celebrate his birthday.

Above: Rev. Dan Martin shared a devotion at the start of the November board meeting.

Above: Amanda Goedert and Donna Johnson attended a dinner with Annalee Allen, who received an alumni award from Hood Theological Seminary.

Above: The Foundation’s Matt Garfield and Lindsay Hampton, Conference communications associate, attended the annual meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators.

Alumni of the Reynolds Academy for Ministry Management shared insights to help us plan future cohorts of the academy, which seeks to help lead pastors strengthen their management skills.

Above: The Foundation welcomed WNCC friends and partners for a grant writing workshop on Sept. 8.

Above: Susan Cothern, David Snipes and Annalee Allen visited Greensboro on Aug. 29 for the opening session of the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership.

Above: The Foundation’s Board of Directors held a quarterly meeting on Aug. 8.

Above: Laura Elliott, Matt Garfield, Charles DiRico, Annalee Allen and Wanda and Bill Musgrave shared a visit at Word on the Street, a ministry in uptown Charlotte supported by the Foundation’s Reynolds Ministry Fund.

Above: The Foundation staff enjoyed a visit on June 27 from Brennan Jones, a rising fifth-grader who hopes to pursue a career in fundraising and philanthropy. Brennan’s mom, Nicole, is District Vitality Associate in the Smoky Mountain District and a good friend of the Foundation.

Above: Foundation board and staff members prepare for the Annual Meeting of the Membership on Saturday in Stuart Auditorium.

Above: Board Chair Anne Martin (at podium) presents the Foundation’s contribution toward Conference initiatives.

Above: A.J. Thomas offers the gift of ice cream to Bishop Ken Carter.

Above: Board member Wanda Musgrave and Past Board Chair Tom Jordan.

Above: Board Chair Anne Martin, President David Snipes and Board Vice-Chair Jennifer Davis.

Above: Annalee Allen and Conference Treasurer Mark King.

Above: A.J. Thomas, Bishop Paul and Mrs. Janet Leland and Susan Cothern.

Above: David Snipes shares insights on stewardship during a presentation to church finance officers taking part in the Certificate Program in Church Treasury. The group met at Centenary UMC in Greensboro.

Above: The Foundation welcomed friends and colleagues from the Conference Office for a first-ever casserole cook-off that yielded good fellowship and perhaps a few afternoon naps.

Top honors went to Maribel Daza (center) and her homemade tamales. Carol Bateman (left) brought a breakfast casserole and took home second place. Chris Hampton (right) earned third place for a corn casserole.

Above: Western North Carolina clergy traveled to St. Louis in February to learn from an evangelical church called The Gathering, which has experienced rapid growth since its founding in 2006. The Gathering describes itself as a casual, vibrant and fully welcoming community where everyone belongs.

These clergy are participants in the Reynolds Leadership Academy for Evangelism and Discipleship, a Foundation offering designed around the idea that wise leaders should dedicate time to learning from one another.

Above: A mid-day Lenten worship service brought together members of the Foundation staff with colleagues and peers in the Conference office.

Above: A colorful display of hearts, sweets and roses greeted members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors at their winter 2023 meeting on Valentine’s Day.

Above: It was a bittersweet morning as we celebrated Andrea Gutierrez, a cherished colleague on the financial services team who is stepping away to focus on being a mom. Andrea’s husband, David, made a surprise appearance with Baby Jack to mark the occasion.

Stories you may be interested in

With lower threshold, church loans serve wider range of needs

Church loans are now available for as low as $50,000, a change that enables the Foundation's UMF Development Fund Loan Program to better respond to the needs of those it serves.

>

Tomorrow’s leaders serving in your church today

The Foundation partners with individuals, families and other funders to provide scholarships for students pursuing their dreams through higher education. Meet some of this year's recipients.

>

How a simple invitation led to an ‘amazing’ ministry for local youth

What began with an invitation to use the church gym has blossomed into Spark After Dark, a ministry that attracts a crowd every week for basketball, a community meal and faith-based activities.

>