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A Reassuring Word From the Foundation

Posted: December 07, 2022
In this brief video, former Georgia United Methodist Foundation President and CEO Mathew A. Pinson and Regional Vice President Dr. Rick Lanford provide a word of reassurance to our partners about the Foundation’s ability to serve the entire Methodist family of Georgia.


Mathew: Hi friends, I’m Mathew Pinson, president and CEO of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.

Rick: And I’m Rick Lanford, regional vice president and clergy member of the South Georgia Annual Conference.

Mathew: Rick and I spend a lot of time in conversation with one another and with Methodists across the State of Georgia talking about the Foundation and our purpose. At the Foundation, our purpose is totally focused on elevating and advancing the mission of the church.

Rick: That’s right, Mathew. The Foundation is here to add to the ministries of the church as a partner offering faith-based financial solutions that enable us all to be good stewards of the financial resources that are entrusted to us by God. One of the questions we often receive is “what happens to GUMF and the funds invested by a congregation if a church does decide to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church?”

Mathew: And the answer, Rick, is simple. Nothing! Several years ago, the Foundation’s board of trustees took steps to amend appropriate governing documents to allow us to be ministry partners with congregations or agencies with historic ties to the Methodist Church in Georgia. This means, that the Foundation is able to remain a trusted partner for you as we advance our mission to provide faith-based financial solutions that align with Christian principles. Again, our purpose is totally focused on supporting you, your mission, and we believe that this is inspired by God.

Rick: Thank you for trusting the Foundation. Know that we pray for you, your ministry and we are here to support you in any way possible. Please give us a call if we can assist you, your church, agency, school, college, or even university.

Mathew: We are intentionally standing here at this baptismal font because Rick and I, along with our Foundation colleagues, believe that God is doing amazing work in the world and across the State of Georgia. The water in this font reminds us that we are baptized and called by God, and through the covenant of baptism, we are all one in Christ Jesus! Grace to you and peace!

Rick: And may God bless.

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