Peggy and Winfred Polk: Faithful Stewards

The late Winfred Polk of Corning believed in the United Methodist Foundation in its infancy. He made significant gifts of resources, time and talent with a steadfast commitment to a Foundation that could eventually support United Methodist ministries throughout the state.  

Mr. Polk was a Chevrolet dealer and long-time leader in the Corning United Methodist Church. He had a great interest in Methodist history and traveled to England to visit key places in the history of the Church for himself.  

Peggy Polk, a UMFA board member since 1989 has one son, Charles Cash. She is a member of Paragould First United Methodist Church, but became a Foundation supporter when she and Winfred were active at Corning First United Methodist Church.   

“The Foundation is dear to my heart. It does so much for the Church and for our Conference,” said Mrs. Polk. “With funds set up by many United Methodists in Arkansas throughout the years, the Foundation is able to help support important programs like seminary scholarships.”  

The Seminary Scholarship Fund is just one program among many that Mrs. Polk has supported through the Foundation. She also is a donor to Philander Smith College and helped the Foundation develop the Joycelyn Elders Scholarship there.

“Peggy became a champion of the United Methodist Foundation through marriage,” said UMFA President Jim Argue, Jr.  “Winfred Polk helped formed the vision of the Foundation and was a great advocate for us.  Peggy embraced that same enthusiastic support.”  

The Polks helped enhance the vision of the Foundation and have been great advocates, according to UMFA President and CEO Jim Argue, Jr. Their ideas, their board service and their creation of endowment funds at the Foundation all contribute to a continuing legacy for the Arkansas Conference.  

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