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)