Foundation Strong Going into 2015

The Christian Church Foundation Board of Directors celebrated a strong 2014 and looked ahead to 2015 during its recent three-day meeting in Ontario, CA. The Foundation’s financial position is the strongest it has been in the ministry’s 53-year history

 “Everyone understands the importance of budget discipline during lean periods,” said CCF President Gary Kidwell, “but I believe practicing good budget discipline is even more important during good times.”

Gifts to permanent funds during the first nine months of 2014 topped $4.2 million. Likewise, the Foundation’s investment services program for Disciples congregations and other partner ministries continues to grow. Year-to-date deposits are at $16 million. 

The Foundation Board also:

  • Elected Board officers for 2015: Chair, the Rev. Suzanne Webb, senior minister of Union Avenue Christian Church, St. Louis, MO; vice chair, Rod Witte, CEO of Tennyson Center of Denver, CO; and secretary, Todd Reed, a CPA and vice president of Bottom Line Financial Services, Walton, KY; Bob Williams, an investment advisor with Prudential from Dallas, TX, will chair the Foundation’s Budget & Program Committee; Debra Clayton, president and a principal of Clayton Financial Services from Topeka, KS, will chair the Investment Committee; and John May, an executive with International Paper from Wilmington, NC, will chair the Audit Committee.
  • Welcomed incoming board members the Rev. Tanya Tyler, pastor of Chalice Christian Church in London, KY, and a freelance writer; and Sharon Worley, of Denver, CO, a CPA in the firm of Ian D. Gardenswartz & Associates and a member of Central Christian Church in Denver.
  • Honored retiring board members Lynne Haley of Houston, TX, and Linda Hernandez Williams of Highland, CA.

The Christian Church Foundation, based in Indianapolis, is a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) devoted to helping Disciples undergird the witness of the church through prudent institutional investing and planned gifts that benefit donor-selected Disciples ministries. At the start of 2014, the Foundation was responsible for nearly $600 million of the church’s money. 

(Nov. 21, 2014)