The United Methodist Foundation is committed to supporting and resourcing United Methodist churches to make disciples for Christ for the transformation of the world.
We share our expertise in the financial arena with churches and their members to improve the financial strength of Indiana United Methodist churches and provide transformational leadership.
We offer the following services:
- Investment opportunities for churches and agencies
- Assistance for churches in developing and growing planned giving ministries
- Management of endowments, trusts, gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts for churches and individuals
- Training, workshops, and seminars in stewardship, investment strategy development, and planned giving
A Rich History
The United Methodist Foundation of Indiana can trace its roots back to the Preacher’s Aid Society of the Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church formed in 1835. A tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, the Foundation is considered a Public Foundation. It is a separate legal entity affiliated with the Indiana Conference United Methodist Church. The Foundation receives no funding from tithes or apportionments from the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Its operations are supported by individual contributions, as well as administrative and management fees
- Dixie Arter
- Forrest Bowers
- Monte Chamberlin
- John Clay
- Cindy Reynolds – Bishop’s Representative
- James Gentry
- Tom Heck
- Shelley Johnson
- Warren Kirk
- Mitch Norwood
- Jan Passmore
- Nancy Raidy
- Gene Robbins
- Craig Wood
- Manet Shettle (w/o vote)
- DeVon Yoho
- Wes Zirkle
- Chuck Armstrong — Southwest
- Marla Dernay — North & Northwest
- Becky Kammeyer — East & Southeast
- Todd Outcalt — Central & West
- Paul Perry — South
- Dave Rees — Northeast & North Central
Pastor Glenn Howell joins our staff as Director of Development
We welcome Glenn Howell as our new Director of Development. For over three decades Glenn has served as a United Methodist pastor in Indiana. His experiences include leading smaller rural congregations, founding a new church in Evansville, IN., pastoring a large suburban church in the Indianapolis area, and serving as a district superintendent on the Bishop’s cabinet.
Glenn’s area of expertise with the Foundation is in stewardship and fundraising. His own experience will be of great value, as well as his education in fund and giving development. “I am excited about the opportunity to help churches deepen their stewardship and strengthen their giving. Our leaders need the framework of stewardship as well as the nuts-and-bolts of how to raise dollars.”
In his spare time Glenn enjoys reading and cycling. On his 60th birthday he biked solo over 600 miles around the top of Lake Michigan raising over $93,000 for mission and ministry. He also says he never met a pizza he didn’t like. Glenn has one daughter who is married with three grandkids nearby, so he is blessed and busy.
We look forward to having Glenn on our staff as we continue to serve the churches and leaders of Indiana.
The daily operations and outreach of the Foundation ministry are managed by a dedicated operational and field staff. The operational staff are located at the Foundation office in Fishers and the field staff are disbursed throughout the state.
Director of Development