GUMF Extends Grateful Goodbyes and Warm Welcomes


This summer has been a time of change for the Georgia United Methodist Foundation, just like it has been for our pastors and leaders in the North and South Georgia Conferences. Whether we are saying goodbye or welcome, we hope you will join us as we acknowledge, with gratitude, the following friends and colleagues.



C. Bert Bennett, Trustee
Tracy L. Crump, Trustee
Lee D. Highsmith, Trustee
Calvin R. Stamps, Trustee
Rev. Keith E. Lawder, President/CEO

Nancy Young, VP of Development

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the following members of the board of trustees who have completed terms of service: C. Bert Bennett of Draffin, Tucker, LLP, Tracy L. Crump, formerly of the Foundation of Wesley Woods, Lee D. Highsmith of Good News Clinics, and Calvin R. Stamps of Bretwood Capital Partners. They made countless contributions while faithfully serving on our board of trustees and various committees.

We said goodbye to our beloved president/CEO, the Rev. Keith E. Lawder, who retired on June 30. Keith joined the GUMF board and loan committee in 2008, serving until he was appointed GUMF vice president in January 2016. He was named president/CEO on July 1, 2016, when the Rev. Charles (Chuck) W. Savage II retired.

Nancy Young retired as GUMF vice president of development on July 30. The GUMF community is grateful for her 11 years of ministry in which she tirelessly promoted endowments and legacy ministry training, planned giving, scholarships, wills clinics, and cemetery associations.

“Keith and Nancy were a wonderful team who understood the importance of making scholarships available to United Methodist students attending our church-related institutions,” said newly nominated Board Vice Chair Ruth A. Knox. “They also made a special effort to connect those who established scholarships with the students who received them, which is a lovely way to build stronger relationships.”


Kathryn H. Dennis, Board Chair  Ruth A. Knox, Vice Chair Mathew A. Pinson, President and CEO Charles L. Bachman Jr., Trustee Brittney Haynes, Trustee Cater C. Thompson, Trustee

GUMF extends a warm welcome to our new board chair, Kathryn H. Dennis, who has served as president of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia in Macon since June 2002. David A. Duke will remain a member of the board of trustees in the role of immediate past chair, and Ruth A. Knox will now serve as vice chair.

Following a nationwide search, Mathew A. Pinson was unanimously elected as GUMF’s next president and chief executive officer by the board of trustees. He served Emory University in various roles for nearly 14 years, most recently as assistant vice president and chief of staff to the senior vice president for advancement and alumni engagement. Mathew began his new role at GUMF on July 1. (The Q&A found here is a great way to “meet” our new board chair and president!)

We are grateful that Charles L. Bachman Jr., a seasoned litigator with GDCR Attorneys at Law, rejoined the board of trustees. We are also pleased to welcome two new trustees. Brittney Haynes, director, corporate communications at Sharecare, brings a wealth of experience in the communications arena. Cater C. Thompson, a partner with Jones Cork, LLP, has received numerous recognitions for her expertise in the area of creditors’ rights, including bankruptcy and foreclosure, probate, business law, and public finance. Cater also serves as the Chancellor of the South Georgia Annual Conference.