The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana celebrated 40 years of service at its annual meeting and luncheon on April 26 at the City Club of Baton Rouge.
The meeting was a chance to review and give thanks for the Foundation’s many ministries and programs since its inception in 1975. The event was dedicated to the late Rev. Dr. James J. Caraway, one of the founders of the Foundation, who died April 8.
Rob Fairly, president of the Foundation, and Chairman of the Board Rev. Joseph Awotwi led the meeting. Nettles Brown was installed as the new chairman of the board and Rev. Hadley Edwards of New Orleans, Chris Spencer of Baton Rouge, and Dianne Wilkinson of Shreveport, were elected to the board of trustees. Special guests included donors, Louisiana Annual Conference staff and several past board chairs, as well as Past President Dr. Ken Reed.
Some of the important foundation milestones celebrated include:
- Planned gifts totaling $33 million have been established for the future of the United Methodist Church and its ministries
- The foundation hasloaned $35 million to churches and ministries within the Conference
- Over $5.7 million in grants has been awarded to United Methodist ministries
- More than 100 Conference pastors have benefited from seminary service loans
Guest speaker Gary Fuller, a member of the Georgia Annual Conference, inspired guests with his testimony of faith and the importance of legacy building.
Located in Baton Rouge, the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana was founded in 1975 and serves United Methodist churches, institutions and individuals within the Louisiana Annual Conference, providing financial guidance and education, loans and grants. It is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the denomination.