Meet Our New Loan Team!


James (Jim) F. Pope has joined the Georgia United Methodist Foundation as our new Director of Lending. His predecessor, Kent Canipe, retired at the end of 2017. Jim has graciously agreed to work with GUMF’s lending ministry and is looking forward to using his expertise in developing loan programs and assisting clients in the South and North Georgia Conferences with their loan needs.

Jim Pope was the founding CEO of KeyWorth Bank based in Johns Creek. 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.

He has also held leadership positions with NCNB (Bank of America) and was President & COO of Ironstone Bank, an affiliate of First Citizens Bank. He has 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.

Jim 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 a past Board of Trustee of his United Methodist district. Jim and his wife, Kathie, are members of Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Lori Tucker, a staff member with GUMF since March 2017, has agreed to assume loan administration duties. Lori will serve as the day-to-day contact for our loan clients by managing loan applications, loan documentation, and account servicing. In addition to working with a family business and in various jobs while raising her family, Lori currently serves as the teaching leader for Bible Study Fellowship at Norcross First UMC in Norcross.

GUMF is delighted to have two seasoned professionals available to work with and enhance our lending ministry. If you need assistance, please contact Jim Pope at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664, 770-841-5163 (cell) or or Lori Tucker at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or