Who We Are
The Asbury Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 1996, to glorify Christ by supporting and enhancing the ministries of Asbury United Methodist Church through planned giving. Our purpose is to endow and support the future needs of Asbury's ministry and mission by encouraging members to remember Asbury in their planned giving including wills trusts, life insurance designations, retirement accounts, or through current gifts of cash, stocks, etc. in honor or memory of a loved one. Our Foundation Board of Trustees meets regularly to review investments, distribute funds, as well as other activities that support the Foundation.
The Asbury Foundation provides our membership additional tools to further this mission through planned giving.
"...the righteous gives and does not hold back." Proverbs 21:26 (ESV)
What We Do and How We Do It: Securing the Future
Funds contributed to the Foundation are held in perpetuity, using only the interest and earnings from the funds to support ministry opportunities. There are two types of "funds" within the Foundation: (1) General Endowment Fund (2) Special Endowment Funds. Interest and earnings from the General Fund are used at the discretion of the Asbury Foundation Trustees. Interest and earnings from the Special Endowment Funds are put back into designated church ministries such as children, youth, music, missions, and the Bill Mason Scholarship Fund to support pastoral candidates attending Asbury Theological Seminary.
"He who is generous will be blessed..." Proverbs 22:9 (ESV)
Why We Do It: Leaving a Legacy
When placing membership at Asbury, we vow to honor Jesus Christ as we uphold Asbury through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. A gift to the Asbury Foundation is your way of continuing your lifetime stewardship by remembering The Foundation in your will, trust, or as a designated beneficiary of another asset. Supporting the Asbury Foundation fulfills the promise of giving while allowing the giver to be specific about the use of their donation if they so choose, or simply by growing God’s Kingdom through the ministries of Asbury. Charitable gifts to the Asbury Foundation make a difference to those who receive them which makes a difference in the Kingdom of God, not just for the present, but for years to come.
Board of Trustees
Guy Ames, Foundation Director and Interim Board Chair
Pastor Guy Ames joined Asbury’s staff during the summer of 2012 after over 35 years of pastoral and church related ministry. A life-long United Methodist and 40-year friend of Pastor Tom Harrison, Guy has led churches, large and small across Oklahoma, and for the past 20 years has served in several key church and mission-related boards and foundations across the nation. When asking Guy to lead Asbury’s Foundation Tom noted, “I have always believed that the work of the Foundation is a pastoral matter…” In addition to assisting the Foundation’s growth, Guy also serves in a variety of pastoral roles across Asbury.
Mike Hill, member of the Asbury Foundation, and his wife Sally have been members of Asbury for over 30 years. Mike and Sally are members of the Faithbuilders community, where Mike is one of the teachers. Mike has served and serve on various committees and small groups at Asbury, as well as serving as an usher and member of prayer team and sermon team with Dr. Harrison. He has participated in mission trips to Estonia and Central Asia. Sally is also active at Asbury in many groups, including participating in Precept. They have a son and a daughter, Eric and Jayme, both of whom are married and live in Florida and Arkansas respectively.
Larry and Becky Krieg have been members of Asbury since 2000. Larry serves on the Asbury Community Life Council and the Asbury Finance Committee as well as the Asbury Foundation. Larry and Becky are members of the Faithbuilders community where Larry serves as a teacher. Becky is active at Exodus House as a part of the Restore Hope Prison Ministry.
Leonard and his wife, Mary, have been members of Asbury since 1979. He currently serves on the Asbury Foundation, and they are members of the Happy Christians community. He has served on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee and was a member of the administrative board. He is active in UMM and serves as an usher. Mary was a member of the administrative board. She is active in UMW, having served in various positions and also is an usher. They have served with the baptism immersions team for the past five years. They have led discovery classes, growth groups, and are presently in a K-group.
James (Trey) Cooper, III
Trey and his wife, Jamie, have been members of Asbury since 2008 and are active members of the Covenant community. Trey leads the Omega greeting team for the modern worship service and has served on three VIM teams to Ecuador.
What is the Asbury Foundation?
The Asbury United Methodist Foundation, launched in 1996 as a separate legal entity, secures funding for the future mission and ministry of Asbury. Our Asbury Foundation has set up funds to support seminary students, our music ministry, facility support, missions, and ministries with children and youth. Our Foundation through the generous gifts of donors continues to help Asbury's mission of reaching all generations for lives in Christ in the years to come.
Are all gifts tax-deductible?
Gifts to the Asbury Foundation are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax attorney or financial advisor to determine if your gift is tax-deductible.
How can I afford to help the Asbury Foundation?
The size of the gift you make is entirely up to you. Donations of all sizes are vital and deeply appreciated. Every dollar the Foundation receives has the potential for exponential growth, because it helps Asbury build its ministries and the future of the church. Some donors find they can achieve their charitable goals through the Foundation's many planned giving avenues, such as life insurance, property, real estate and securities, that don't require a large sum of cash-on-hand.
How can I donate?
Typically we hear about giving to charity through a will or trust, but there are many ways to remember the Asbury Foundation in your planned giving that do not require changes in your will or trust. Making the Asbury Foundation the designated beneficiary of a life insurance policy, your 401(k), IRA, and brokerage accounts is another simple, quick and inexpensive means to achieve your charitable goals. Gift types vary, and the Asbury Foundation is equipped to accept all forms of assets, such as, but not limited to, real estate, personal property, and direct stock transfers.
Can I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?
Yes. As a tribute to a friend, colleague, mentor, family member, or anyone else, you can give in a person's name. Please see the page entitled Giving in Memory or in Honor.
Does the Asbury Foundation accept gifts during the life of the donor?
Yes! The Foundation gives donors the option for charitable giving during life as well as an outlet for giving at death. Donors who give during their life get to see the benefits of their giving.
How will my donation be used?
The Asbury Foundation will direct donations to the ministries as needed, unless otherwise specified by you.
Does Asbury have a specific attorney I should consult when planning for gifts to the Foundation?
No, however Asbury can provide you with a list of church members who are qualified to assist you.
I have already established a will. How can I include the Asbury Foundation in my future gift plans?
Often times a small amendment can be made to your existing estate plan, but some circumstances require more. We always encourage you to consult your tax attorney or financial advisor regarding these questions.
Where can I get more information?
If interested, let the Asbury Foundation know. Pastor Guy Ames, Asbury United Methodist Church Foundation Director, is happy to discuss your charitable desires with you and /or your advisors. Contact Rev. Guy Ames at 918.392.1125 or .