Warren and Byrd Selby Help United Methodist Churches Grow

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Thanks to churches and individual investors in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation's Certificate Program, churches and entities throughout the North and South Georgia conferences are able to find financing for projects. If anyone can appreciate the Foundation’s mission of helping to fund the growth and expansion of United Methodist churches within Georgia, it’s Warren and Evelyn “Byrd” Selby of Gray.

Warren worked in commercial construction for many years before starting his own company, Warren Associates, in 1971. While Warren was building his business, Byrd was busy raising their children. A dedicated Christian, he built a solid reputation for integrity, dependability and quality workmanship. His company has helped hospitals, schools, financial institutions and United Methodist churches and ministries build, expand and renovate their facilities.

In 1993, Warren retired as president of Warren Associates. Since this time, he has served as chairman of the board where he has had the satisfaction of seeing the family business grow under the leadership of his son, C. Warren Selby, Jr.

“I first learned about the Certificate Program from my son, who said it was a good, safe investment,” Warren recalls. The Selby’s received additional endorsements from their certified public accountant, J. Russell Lipford, Jr. of Clifton, Lipford, Hardison & Parker in Macon and their former pastor, Dr. Wayne Moseley, who currently serves as the Americus district superintendent.

After meeting with Rev. Wayne Racz, Foundation senior vice president, Warren and Byrd purchased two four-year certificates. “We feel that we have been so blessed and that God has given us so much, that we wanted to give back by investing in this worthwhile project,” Byrd said. “This investment gives you a feeling of accomplishment that the churches will be able to continue and grow each year.”

Warren and Byrd have been members of Gray UMC for 40 years. They have three children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

This article was originally published in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report.