The Georgia United Methodist Foundation manages and grows over $229.2 million in Kingdom-focused investments and certificates entrusted to our care on behalf of United Methodist churches, agencies, districts and conferences.
GUMF partners with Wespath Institutional Investments, a not-for-profit subsidiary of Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath), a general agency of The United Methodist Church (UMC).
By pooling your financial resources, GUMF can provide investment benefits available to larger investors. Some of the advantages include lower costs, less risk due to diversification, multiple investment options, and returns that can be used for the glory of God.
All funds, which are kept under the watchful eyes of GUMF's Investment Committee, competent staff and professional investment managers, are invested according to UMC Book of Discipline guidelines.
By investing in a socially responsible and sustainable manner, you are assured that your resources, while earning competitive financial returns, are being used to:
- Uphold values of The United Methodist Church.
- Encourage sustainable and more responsible business practices among companies.
- Help low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the communities in which they live.
Meet Our Senior Vice President/CFO/Treasurer
“Our goal is to do the best job possible at the lowest cost so United Methodist churches, ministries and members have more time and resources available to promote God’s kingdom.”
Since joining GUMF in 1999, Russell has overseen GUMF’s growth as the staff has increased from three to 10 employees, brought the trust administration in-house, merged with the former South Georgia United Methodist Foundation, and expanded its investment offerings. Previously, he served as the Assistant Treasurer of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Russell earned his bachelor of business administration from the University of Georgia and his master of business administration from Vanderbilt University.