Rev. Katie Pearce: A Lasting Legacy

Rev. Katie Goss Pearce glows when she talks about the legacy First UMC, Morrilton, receives from the late Lt. Gov. Nathan Gordon's endowment through the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas.

"In the past, some thought it would have been better to have the $500,000 gift in a lump sum," said the senior pastor. "But after all these years the principal is still making money for us and we receive around $21,000 each year to support church ministries. That makes the interest from the endowment one of the top ten annual givers to our church."

At her request, UMFA Vice President of Development Janet Marshall and local attorney Jonathan Kelley presented a UMFA Provide and Protect seminar to about 20 members of the Morrilton congregation. From retirees to couples with young children, participants benefited from the information on creating a will and learned the power of establishing legacy gifts.

"It was really good for us. I'm following up by visiting church members to see what my congregation's legacy dreams are for our church. Where do they see us 20-30 years from now?" said Rev. Pearce. If your congregation is interested in Provide and Protect, contact Janet Marshall at