Empowering United Methodists Through Certificate Investments


The Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Certificate Program, which offers a fixed rate of return from one-to-four years, is helping United Methodist members, pastors, churches, districts and conferences do all the good they can!


Janie and Frederick Smallwood of Bainbridge are long-time members of Attapulgus UMC.
“We’ve been married 70 years. We’re retired and live in assisted living. We’ve been very active in our church and have known about the Foundation for years. Our church has a trust with the Foundation, and we decided to invest as well. Being older, we wanted to protect our investment and earn the most we can. Even though our investment is not insured, we have faith in the Church and faith in the Foundation.”

Rev. David Tinsley serves as Pastor of Sharp Memorial UMC in Young Harris. Rev. Virginia Tinsley is a retired Deacon and former Director of the North Georgia Housing and Homeless Council.
“We invest because it’s a good cause. GUMF’s Certificate Program helps churches that need money to expand, build or improve their facilities. It also offers a good interest rate that we haven’t been able to beat. GUMF is run with high ethical standards. We know the people there, and the Foundation is an institution that we trust.”

Rev. Dr. Dennis Stalvey retired after 40 years of ministry with The South Georgia Conference. He now serves the Lee Street/Morningside Charge in Americus in a part-time capacity.
“Several years ago, Morningside UMC sold the parsonage and a past pastor recommended the proceeds from that sale be placed with GUMF. The outstanding stewardship exemplified by GUMF’s Certificate Program has challenged the church to be good stewards of their resources.”


Rev. Dr. Doug Thrasher serves as District Superintendent of the Atlanta Roswell District.
“The District Work Fund underwrites the District’s ministry as it works with the local churches. Over the years, the District has received funds through a variety of means. Our District Union decided to invest these funds with GUMF. Through the investments and the use of these funds, we are able to reduce the amount of money that we are asking from local churches for our District Work Fund, thus enabling the local churches to have more money to be used for ministry and mission.”

This article was originally published in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation's 2017 Annual Report.