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Founders Day Awardees

2017 - N. James Sekel

Former United Methodist Foundation Board Chair; provided exemplary leadership during a time of transition in the history of the Foundation. Continues to devote his time and talent to supporting the ministries of the the Foundation, his church, and community.

2016 - JAMES L. MARSHALL

Leader and faithful promoter of Christian stewardship and sound financial management as Chair of Warren Grace United Methodist Church’s Endowment Committee, enabling a legacy of financial stability. 

2015 - The Rev. Dr. Donald Scandrol

Devoted pastor, distinguished Pittsburgh District Superintendent, and twenty-five year member of the UM Foundation Board, his talents benefited many people throughout the Western PA Annual Conference. 

2014 - The Rev. Larry Homitsky

President of United Methodist Church Union and former Annual Conference Council Steward, he connected churches to the Foundation in many positive ways.

2013 - Joseph G. Reasinger

Devoted Christian layman, his fifteen-year career as the UM Foundation’s Director of Programs yielded significant benefits to churches and agencies throughout Western PA.

2012 - Franklin Blackstone, Jr.

Devoted time and resources to leading, maintaining, and enhancing Jumonville; enabled many adults and youth to be led to Christ over a forty-plus-years’ commitment.

2011 - Franklin H. Kelly

Former United Methodist Foundation Board Chair; devoted countless hours to the Foundation in many capacities, enhancing our policies, expanding our vision, and leading us into new ventures

2010 - Bishop George W. Bashore

Bishop of the Area, former President of the Foundation Board, and a strong influence in planning the Foundation's strategic direction

2010 - Robert E. Harper

Former United Methodist Foundation Board Chair; committed Christian lay person, outstanding contributor to the Foundation, his church, and his community

2009 - Joan Nagle

Former United Methodist Foundation Board Chair; committed Christian lay person, outstanding leader of many ministries

2008 - George E. Tannehill

Served as lay leader and on local United Methodist church committees; instrumental in establishing endowment funding.

2008 - Trueman W. Mills

Local United Methodist church leader, instrumental in promoting planned gifts and endowment programs

2007 - William R. Shipley

Past Chair of the Board of Directors, instrumental in incorporating many important efforts directed to enhancing the Foundation's capabilities

2006 - The Rev. Russell Perry and Mrs. June Perry

Long-time supporters of Foundation activities and United Methodist ministries in western Pennsylvania

2005 - The Rev. Gilbert E. Hoffman

Initial member of the Field Staff, former District Superintendent and strong supporter of the Foundation

2005 - The Rev. Jack E. Spencer

Long-time member of the Field Staff, former District Superintendent and strong supporter of Foundation causes

2004 - Frances B. Sperry

Energetic supporter of missions and long-standing donor through the Foundation

2003 - Dr. Brian K. Bauknight

Author and denominational stewardship leader

2003 - William L. Colbert

Active United Methodist layman and past Chair of the Board of Directors

2002 - Robert C. McCartney

Long-time member of the Board of Directors, past Chair of the Legal Committee as well as the Board

2001 - Harold R. Heard

Generous donor to United Methodist missions and past Chair of the Board of Directors

2000 - William M. Steele

Retired Field Staff of the Foundation and generous donor of life-income gifts

1999 - Robert M. Stewart

Former Chair of the Investment Committee and of the Board of Directors; generous donor to United Methodist causes

1998 - Willard J. Tillotson, Jr.

Past member of the Board of Directors and long-time financial advisor to the Board

1997 - J. Frank Hess

Generous layman who made several gifts to United Methodist causes and Past Chair of the Board of Directors

1996 - Kirkwood B. Cunningham

Past Chair of the Finance Committee and Past Chair of the Board of Directors

1995 - No Award Presented

25th Anniversary Celebration

1994 - Robert G. Olmsted

Generous donor of real property and endowments for the benefit of Olmsted Manor

1993 - Bishop James M. Ault

Bishop of the Area and strong influence in the growth of the Foundation as a stewardship leader

1992 - Dr. James L. Carraway

Former District Superintendent, Annual Conference Council Director and member of the initial Board of Directors

1992 - The Rev. Cecil W. Kelley

Treasurer of the Annual Conference when Foundation was formed, active stewardship Educator, and member of the initial Board of Directors

1991 - Herbert L. Gwyer

Annual Conference lay leader and member of the initial Board of Directors

1990 - Bishop Roy C. Nichols

Bishop of the area when Foundation was created; instrumental in developing gifts of endowment, and member of the initial Board of Directors

1989 - Leon E. Hickman

First Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors; Chancellor of the Annual Conference and Member of the Judicial Council of the General Church
 
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