Investments in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation's Certificate Program provide funding for loans to United Methodist churches and ministries. Our Loan Program currently has over $31.1 million in outstanding net loans.

There are many benefits to partnering with GUMF. As a connectional ministry, we have your best interests at heart. We understand the challenges involved with financing, as well as the requirements of The United Methodist Church. Our ministry goals include simplifying the process, offering lower costs, advantageous terms and competitive loan rates and serving as your advisor from start to finish.

GUMF offers construction loans with terms normally less than one year. Permanent loans with terms from 5 to 20 years are also available. The minimum loan amount is $25,000.

Loans are available for the following projects:

  • New Congregation's First Facility
  • Expansion of Facilities of an Existing Site
  • Major Improvements and/or Replacement of Existing Facilities
  • Purchase of Building Sites
  • Refinancing of Other Financial Institution's Loans

Meet Our Director of Lending

James (Jim) F. Pope

“We're here to help you make a difference in God's world. Let's talk about financing your property and facility needs."

Jim joined GUMF In January 2018. He is an experienced banker with over 40 years in banking. Jim was the Founder and CEO of KeyWorth Bank based in Johns Creek, GA. Following KeyWorth's merger with Renasant Bank, Jim served as the Chairman of the North Georgia Region for Renasant Bank until his retirement in July 2017.  

Jim held leadership positions with NCNB (Bank of America) and was President/COO of Ironstone Bank, an affiliate of First Citizens Bank. He brings a broad range of banking and leadership experience with a strong focus on retail and commercial banking, mortgage banking, real estate lending, credit structuring, and marketing.

He has been active in the various communities he has lived and currently serves on the Board of Directors of North Fulton Community Charities and The Summit Counseling Center. He is past Board of Trustee of his United Methodist district and an active member of Mount Pisgah UMC in Alpharetta, GA.