Serving Michigan for Nearly 90 years!

The United Methodist Foundation was established in 1926 to serve churches, institutions and individuals of the United Methodist Church throughout Michigan. Staffed by professionals and volunteers, we are your Michigan area servants on matters of personal stewardship and church finance. We provide a variety of investment opportunities, consulting, seminars, and other resources to help broaden your financial base through sound investing. Our expert staff is happy to serve you with whatever needs you may have.


Our Mission

We provide planned giving resources, fund management services, investment opportunities, and stewardship ministries to help individuals, churches, and other United Methodist ministries achieve their financial goals.




Our Professional Staff

Our qualified and experienced staff is on hand to manage the day-to-day dealings of the Foundation and to ensure
financial success. We have offices in both Grand Rapids and Okemos serving all of Michigan.

David Bell
President & Executive Director

David has served the foundation since 2008 and is currently President and Executive Director. David has a keen understanding of current economic and consumer trends impacting charitable giving from various perspectives, which he gained through experience as a pastor, a development director, and a regional and national church leader. His practical motivational seminars engage peer learning and his comprehensive consultation is customized to meet the specific needs of each organization, empowering leaders to discover their vital role in enabling communities of faith to embody a generous culture.

David is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. He is an active member of The Alban Institute, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Christian Leadership Alliance, and the National Association of Church Business Administrators. He is currently pursuing certification as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

David graduated magna cum laude from Drew Theological School and holds a BA in Religious Studies and Secondary Education from The College of Wooster. David, his wife, Ethel, and two children reside in Brighton, Michigan.


Jeff Regan
Sr. Director of Stewardship
Grand Rapids

With nearly four decades of pastoral ministry and conference leadership experience, Jeff brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the foundation. His primary focus is providing financial discipleship services to local churches throughout the Michigan Area. Jeff is available to assist church leaders with stewardship education, church financial strategies, annual campaigns, investment opportunities, and capital campaign readiness.

Throughout his ministry, Jeff has pastored varying sizes of congregations and has served the Detroit Conference as both a district superintendent and director of connectional ministries. Prior to joinging the foundation in July 2013, Jeff was senior pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Rochester, Michigan.


Karen Thompson
Sr. Director of Loan Services
Grand Rapids

Karen joined our Grand Rapids Office in September, 2018. Her responsibilities include both stewardship ministry and loan services. Karen elected early retirement from Ferris State University in 2018 where she served in a financial investment position. Her passion for the Church, her personal faith, her knowledge of financial services and her commitment to the Foundation's ministry lead her to be a natural fit for this position. Karen has recently served on the Foundation's Board of Directors and shares our commitment to the Church.







Ann Buck
Director of Accounting Services
Grand Rapids

Ann Buck currently serves the foundation as Director of Account Services. Ann served for a number of years in the area of administrative services with the West Michigan Treasurer’s Office and is well known throughout much of the Michigan Area. Ann is responsible for many bookkeeping functions of the Michigan Area Loan Fund, local church investment statements, other trust and annuity account services, and direct customer service.

Ann brings a wealth of knowledge to our accounting services area. She is highly respected for her collegial style, her exceptional customer service skills. Most importantly, her passion for the Church and its ministry.


Marian Coles
Grand Rapids Office Manager
Grand Rapids

Marian currently serves as the Operations Manager for the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. She holds both a Master’s of Science Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Marian worked for 10 plus years as a human resource manager. In this area she worked extensively with benefit management, conflict resolution, recruitment of professional staff and customer service training.

Marian has been employed by the United Methodist Church since 2001 in the areas of education, volunteer coordination and the credentialing of ministerial candidates through the Board of Ordained Ministry.








Our Board

Elected by the Annual Conference, the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation leads the ministry of the Foundation by establishing policies, directing staff initiatives, and retaining other professional advisors to deliver first-class service to the churches and clients of The United Methodist Church in Michigan.





Current Board Members

Ransom Leppink, Stanton, MI (Chair)
Joy Barrett, Chelsea, MI
Rev. Bradley Bartelmay, Holland, MI
Nancy Craig, E. Lansing, MI
Lauren Frey, Saginaw, MI
Rev. Gary Glanville, Romeo, MI
Ransom Leppink, Lakeview, MI
Rev. Edward Ross, Kalamazoo, MI
Joy Stair, Ann Arbor, MI
Karen Thompson, Big Rapids, MI
Sue Woodard, Frederic, MI



Wayne Barrett, Grand Rapids, MI
David Bell, Brighton, MI
David Dobbs, Flint, MI








Our Partners

Below is a list of the businesses and organizations we have partnered with to provide you the best financial and investment opportunities possible.


















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