LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 13, 2017) – A $1 million gift from John and Becki Lusk of El Dorado will fund the Lusk Training Center at the new 9,400-square-foot headquarters building of the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. The building will be conveniently located just off of Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock’s The Villages of Wellington development, a tranquil, wooded multi-purpose neighborhood. The building is expected to be completed in early 2019.
“God wanted me to make this gift. He gave me the provision,” said John Lusk. “After I heard about plans for the new UMFA building and the training center, I mentioned my idea for the gift to Becki, and she was all for it.”
The Lusks are long-time members of First United Methodist Church, El Dorado, and Becki is a member of the UMFA Board of Trustees. Previously, they created a $1 million endowment fund to benefit their local church through the United Methodist Foundation.
“The board and staff of the Foundation are overjoyed that John and Becki were moved to make this donation,” said Jim Argue Jr., UMFA President and CEO. “The Lusk Training Center will be a lasting witness to their faithfulness and generosity, and provide a state-of-the-art space for events that will enhance United Methodist ministries in the Arkansas Conference by strengthening clergy and lay leadership.”
The Lusk Training Center, a third of the headquarters building’s square footage, is designed to host up to 75 people and includes a welcome area and a kitchen. In addition, the building will have nine offices, a conference room suitable for committee meetings, a reception area, and two work areas. UMFA’s new headquarters will include a 1,300 square-foot unfinished basement area to be used for storage.
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $152 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. The UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, the UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.