Photos of Foundation happenings

Above: The Foundation staff took a group photo following our November board meeting. From left: Brad Crossley, Andrea Gutierrez, Matt Garfield, Amanda Goedert, Caroline Cox, Donna Johnson, David Snipes, Susan Cothern and A.J. Thomas

Above: Director of Financial Services Brad Crossley (left) spoke with Bishop Ken Carter, Board Chairman Tom Jordan and Amy Coles, assistant to the bishop, prior to the Foundation’s November board meeting.

Above: The Reynolds Leadership Academy for Evangelism and Discipleship hosted clergy for a two-day gathering in October to share ideas and consider new ways to lead the Church, particularly in a time of unprecedented change.

Above: The Reynolds Academy for Ministry Management hosted pastors in September to talk about managing finances, staff and their own health at a time when COVID-19 has disrupted, well, just about everything.

Above: Foundation board member Wanda Musgrave spoke at a memorial service for Harley Dickson, former executive director of the Foundation. Harley passed away in August at age 92.

“He was a great connector – he recognized people’s gifts and encouraged them to serve,” Wanda told the gathering at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

Above: The WNCC Department of Equity and Justice Ministries received a $20,000 grant from the Reynolds Ministry Fund to strengthen Black churches in the WNC Conference. Caroline Cox and Layne Smith hosted guests on the Foundation deck.

Bishop Ken Carter and his wife, Pam, visited the Foundation to greet staff and tour the building with David Snipes.

A Foundation staff retreat at Starrette Farm in Statesville was an opportunity to step away from day-to-day routines and grow more connected with ourselves and one another.

We reflected on challenges of the past year. We talked about lessons learned in the pandemic. We shared what’s ahead in our personal and professional lives. And when it was time for lunch, we enjoyed a delicious lasagna prepared by Andrea and David Gutierrez (Andrea is our Staff Accountant).

The Reynolds Academy for Ministry Management brought together senior pastors in the Western NC Conference to talk about ministry in the COVID-19 era.

Amid the pandemic and a divisive social and political climate, clergy are navigating new challenges in an already demanding vocation. Reynolds Ministries is working to lift up those who preach God’s message of hope.

What a blessing to be part of a grand opening at Light of Christ UMC’s new worship center in Ballantyne.

The Foundation provided financing through the UMF Development Fund with a low-interest loan that represents less than 10 percent of the total project cost. Church members raised most of the money themselves, and then scaled the project to meet their resources. Light of Christ’s original worship center will be used as a multi-purpose space.

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