Institutional Investments

The Georgia United Methodist Foundation manages and grows $229.1 million in kingdom-focused investments and certificates entrusted to our care on behalf of Georgia-based United Methodist churches, nonprofits, districts, and conferences.

The Foundation, in partnership with Wespath Institutional Investments, delivers advanced faith-based financial solutions that elevate the mission of and ministry of the church. This partnership enables the Foundation to offer Georgia United Methodists access to a respected team of Wespath advisors who manage one of the largest reporting faith-based pension funds in the world.

Wespath and its subsidiaries manage over $24 billion in assets (incuding $5 billion for more than 100 institutional clients). The Foundation and Wespath relationship enables Georgia United Methodists to be good stewards of the financial resources entrusted to them by God while living out a strong Christian witness through socially responsible investment practices.

Contact Us

For more information, please:

1. View investment fund options here.

2. Download Investing with the Foundation brochure here

3. Contact Mathew A. Pinson, Foundation President and CEO, at 770-449-6726 or, or Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford, Foundation Regional Vice President (South Georgia), at 478-256-7130 or

Meet Our Senior Vice President/CFO/Treasurer

Russell H. Jones, MBA

“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 the Foundation in 1999, Russell has overseen the Foundation's growth as the staff has increased from three to nine 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.