The Foundation exists thanks to the vision and generosity of dedicated church members across Missouri. The following profiles offer some glimpse into the lives, personalities and hearts of some of these special people. Their gifts have created lasting legacies that continue to touch lives in the name of the Risen Lord and to nurture the community of United Methodists in our state and beyond.

We hope that these stories inspire and honor all who seek to love God and neighbor. More donor stories can be viewed in the archives of our “Faith & Funding” newsletter and our Annual Review. If you would like to learn more about ways to leave your own legacy, please visit our Donor Resources section.

Marvin and Bettyrae Fluke

Fluke 4“Marvin and Bettyrae Fluke have been the kind of church members that pastors pray for; always actively participating in worship and anything else that was happening here,” shared Rev. Dr. David Maggi, Senior Pastor of Clinton United Methodist Church. “I think they have served on about every committee we have, and served with enthusiasm and wisdom. If the doors were open, the Flukes were here (and sometimes when the doors weren’t open).”

Shortly before Marvin’s unexpected death, he and Bettyrae attended a Missouri United Methodist Foundation program at Clinton United Methodist Church. Bettyrae leaned over to her husband and whispered, “Let’s put these CD’s into a Charitable Gift Annuity with the Foundation.” Marvin agreed. “The joy we felt in doing something for our church was tremendous. Marvin was thrilled we did it,” said Bettyrae.

“Marvin and Bettyrae Fluke’s gift will be used to provide scholarship money for our youth to continue their education,” said Rev. Dr. Maggi. “By their generosity new doors will be open to generations of students.”


What door will you open to sustain the ministry of your church? There are many ways to make a charitable gift in remembrance of someone special that will have meaningful significance for years to come in your local United Methodist church or other United Methodist ministry.


Make a Charitable Gift Annuity and Receive Lifetime Payments

You may wish to make a charitable gift annuity, while continuing to provide lifetime financial support for yourself. With a charitable gift annuity, you make a gift of cash or appreciated securities and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation will pay you a fixed income for life (with rates based on your age). Benefits of a charitable gift annuity include guaranteed payments backed by your Missouri United Methodist Foundation, a charitable deduction for the value of your gift, partially tax-free payout, capital gains tax savings on gifts of appreciated stock, and personal satisfaction that your gift will sustain the United Methodist mission. Lifetime payments for you…a lasting legacy for your church!


Click here to learn more about the benefits of a Charitable Gift Annuity or call us at 800-332-8238 to schedule a FREE presentation for your church.

Bob and Jerrie Glenn

Glenn Aug 2013 1 - CopyStop by to see Bob Glenn these days and he is likely to be out on his bicycle – an activity he has enjoyed for many decades.  In fact, Bob helped organize the now-famous bike ride across Iowa (RAGBRAI) that began in the early 1970s.  Today, Bob is well into his ninth decade and finds the bicycle is just one way to maintain his forward motion.

Bob, and his wife Jerrie, are also interested in helping children move forward with faith and fun at Missouri’s United Methodist camps.  “Our granddaughters had a wonderful experience at Camp Galilee,” the UM camp near Eldorado Springs, Missouri.  So, a couple of years ago the Glenns created an endowment fund at the Foundation to help pay camp fees for children in need.  The Glenn United Methodist Camp Scholarship Fund has so far helped over 50 children and youth attend one of the four United Methodist camps around the state.

Lee Walz, director of camping and retreat ministries, states that the Glenn Fund “is already making a huge impact,” even helping some parent camp volunteers “who would not have been able to send their own children without the help of the fund.”

Bob and Jerrie stay active at their church (Branson UMC), the Branson senior center (Bob is a frequent Master of Ceremonies), and by volunteering in the community.  But this is just the latest chapter in a very full and extraordinary life – trick motorcycle performer, Iowa State Trooper, founding chief education officer for the Iowa State Patrol, expert pistol marksman, national board of Toastmasters International, president of the Aladdin Lamp collectors, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren –  all are aspects of the Glenn legacy.

If you think you would like to keep up with Bob and Jerrie, give the Foundation a call and start a legacy of your own!

Reverend Treva Hall

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.

Pauline Arnold: Fairfax UMC

Making History

Pauline Hackett was born in Fairfax, Missouri, in the early years of a new century.  In 1910, William Howard Taft was president and Model T’s were rolling off the Ford assembly line. 

Today, at the start of another new century, Mrs. Pauline Hackett Arnold still resides in the small northwest Missouri town of her birth. A life-long member of the Fairfax United Methodist Church, she is now its oldest active participant. 

Mrs. Arnold – known to all as “Polly” – has seen plenty of history in her 93 years.  For the youth of her church, however, she is making history. 

In 1996 Polly created a scholarship fund at the Missouri United Methodist Foundation in memory of her husband “Chaulkey”, to help send local high school graduates to college. The church selects the recipient of the $1,000 scholarship each year. 

“The students in the church look forward to applying and take it very seriously,” states Reverend Judy Voss. “Polly’s scholarship is another affirmation of how much this congregation and the community care about the children.”

Children and education have always been close to Polly’s heart. She received a teaching certificate from Central Methodist College in 1929 and ran a successful business – the Fairfax Variety Store — for thirty years. “It was the only place where the kids were waited on before the adults,” says Polly with a laugh. At Polly’s Store the cinnamon balls were called “Uhhs” because of one regular customer, a little boy, who would point and say “Uhhhh” when he wanted to buy one. 

Polly remembers the past and the many landmarks that surround her with clarity and fondness. Her late husband, Charles C. “Chaulky” Arnold, ran the local train depot and telegraph. The depot closed in 1975, but still stands a few blocks from the old store building and the home where Polly grew up. 

The Fairfax United Methodist Church is another landmark. But it is a landmark with plenty of life. Of the 650 people who call Fairfax home, nearly half are members of the church. 

Polly takes great pleasure in her church family and the young lives being nurtured there. Judging from the bright twinkle in her eye, she may just be imagining the next century. 

Inez and Harry Dexheimer

The Inez M. Dexheimer Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by Harry Dexheimer, who stated, “The Fund is created in loving memory of my wife who was a devoted educator and nurturer of students.”

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Stella Kahrs

Stella Kahrs was originally a member of the German Methodist Episcopal Church in Smithton, MO. After the German and English Churches united, she was an active member of the Smithton United Methodist Church.  She was a faithful member of the Ladies Aid Society which later became the Women’s Society for Christian Service (WSCS) and now known as the United Methodist Women (UMW).

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Nola Robinson

In response to her faith and devotion to her church, Nola Robinson established a memorial fund at the Foundation. This scholarship fund has been designed to assist young people from Midway Locust Grove United Methodist Church (or from any United Methodist Church in Boone County, MO) pursuing either an ordained or church related ministry career in the United Methodist Church.

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Ed and Donna Hamilton

The lives and legacy of Ed and Donna Hamilton illustrate for United Methodists in Missouri just how much we have been blessed by those who have gone before us.

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Clint and Marge Hawkins

J. Clinton Hawkins left a legacy of leadership, discipleship and service that continues to strengthen the United Methodist Church today. He was the moving force behind the creation of the Missouri United Methodist Foundation back in 1967, serving as the Foundation’s Executive Director for its first sixteen years.

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Ellen Kottwitz

Ellen Kottwitz loved nursing, caring for people, listening to their stories, and encouraging and aiding them in their journey. Two scholarships have been created in Mrs. Kottwitz’s memory.

The Ellen Kottwitz Memorial Scholarship For Nursing & Health Related Professions was established to encourage and support Centralia High School graduates to prepare for a career in nursing or other health related professions. Click here to read more about this scholarship opportunity.

The Ellen Olmsted Kottwitz Memorial Scholarship is for graduates of North County High School in Bonne Terre, Missouri, who are enrolled in an accredited nurses training program, seeking to become a Registered Nurse or to obtain the Bachelor of Science-Nursing (BSN) degree. Click here to read more about this scholarship opportunity.