Calvary UMC Turns to GUMF for Loan to Replace Roof


Founded in 1872, Calvary UMC in Atlanta has a long history, spirit of fellowship, and love of God that continues to this day. The church’s first building was constructed in 1917. They later added on to the sanctuary and then built an Education Building in 1954, where generations of children, youth, and adults have attended Sunday school.

When the time came for Calvary UMC to replace the roof on its Education Building due to unmanageable water leaks, the Rev. Kevvin Hankins, pastor, and Robert Smith, chair of the board of trustees (pictured far right), turned to the Georgia United Methodist Foundation for help. They first read about GUMF’s Loan Program in our Faith & Money newsletters.

“We chose to partner with GUMF on this loan because of the great rates, ease of application, and the personal attention to our unique needs,” Smith said. “Jim Pope (GUMF senior advisor to the president and director of lending) and Lori Tucker (GUMF loan administrator) were the best. Some other benefits included easy to conduct business with, great communication, patience, and no hassles.”

“The 20-year amortization will keep their payments low until they can conduct periodic capital campaigns once services return to normal following the pandemic,” Jim said.

Calvary UMC borrowed enough money to replace the roof and make some capital improvements around the campus to address structural and safety issues and enhance the visual appeal. Plans are underway to repair the steeple, resurface the parking lot, and update the narthex, bathrooms, and other areas.

“Our experience with GUMF was so great that we are anxious to pay off our loan and apply for our next project,” Smith said. “We won’t consider another lender.”