Treva 4 - Copy “If every church in Missouri would begin one scholarship – just think what it would do!”  That is the enthusiastic vision that moved Reverend Treva Hall to create a Charitable Gift Annuity at the Foundation that will become a scholarship fund for United Methodist students attending Central Methodist University.  Priority consideration will be given to students from her home church, King’s Way United Methodist Church in Springfield.

This scholarship fund is just one more blossom in the garden of Treva’s life in ministry – a ministry where her love of God and love of neighbor have often found expression in landscape gardening.  Perhaps it is that gardener’s habit of envisioning the future – seeing the massive oak the sapling will someday be – that inspires Treva’s enthusiasm for education, students, Central Methodist University – and especially the Church.

In nearly every ministry setting – from seminary, to local congregations, to campus ministries – Treva is renowned for organizing people and resources, along with her own “sweat equity” to make the world a more beautiful place.  “I think that we are in the closest touch with our Creator when we are in touch with Creation,” explains Treva regarding her planting passion.

Pause a moment in the Allison Memorial Garden at King’s Way United Methodist Church, or stop beside the flower beds at Platte Woods United Methodist Church north of Kansas City and you can enjoy the fruits of her labors.  One of her most enduring projects can be seen among the graceful dogwoods and maples on the “Mountain” – the Mount Sequoyah Retreat & Conference Center near Fayetteville, Arkansas.  A former member of the center’s board, she has been a devoted volunteer for over 20 years leading scores of other volunteers in planting trees, building beds, and working to enhance the beauty of the campus.

John Wesley’s famous Covenant Prayer has always been an inspiration for Treva.  “That prayer carried me into and through my ministry,” and it expresses a central Christian truth that, “faith does not protect us from suffering.”

Indeed, our lives are in God’s hands – but every good gardener knows that!  Spring is never far away, there is much good work to be done – and Reverend Treva Hall has an extra pair of gloves.