Blessings to a Good Friend and Colleague


By Rev. Keith Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

Pardon me for exercising a moment of personal privilege. May 1, 2020 marks a milestone for the Georgia United Methodist Foundation. Our good friend and colleague, Rev. Steve Waldorf, begins a new chapter in his life and ministry. Steve’s medical leave means he will have time to pursue some long-desired bucket list items rather than working daily as our regional vice president. Even so, I am optimistic that Steve will continue to represent us on a volunteer basis. (He has already written our May meditation and May and June weekly devotions).

Steve came to GUMF after a long and distinguished pastoral career serving churches across South Georgia. He embraced the leap from the pulpit to GUMF with the same zeal and enthusiasm he brings to every project. He willingly jumped into every aspect of our ministry, despite a lot of new terminology and technique.

We will miss working with Steve, and I know many of you who have worked with him over the years, will too. Steve came to GUMF soon after the merger of the two Foundations in the North and South Georgia Conferences. Because of his intellect, warm personality, and pastoral gifts, Steve has opened doors and eliminated the last vestiges of regional partiality.

Whether he is meeting with a pastor, praying with our staff, serving on a mission trip, or hiking in the mountains he so dearly loves, Steve reflects the fruit of the Holy Spirit in all that he does.

My wife, Mary, and I consider Steve and his wife, Sally, to be two of our closest friends. We’ve traveled together to conferences, meetings, training sessions, and events. He is always upbeat and encouraging. Steve has also traveled to and preached at churches large and small sharing the Gospel and how GUMF can help them.

Steve is one of those special people who has moved our ministry forward by empowering others to share the Gospel by his service and example.

Thank you, Steve, my brother, my colleague, and my friend.