In late November 2018, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas finally moved into their brand new building in West Little Rock.

The new UMFA headquarters – located at 601 Wellington Village Rd. – will serve as the base of operations for the foundation, which manages $165 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local Arkansas churches and United Methodist ministries.

The new building is a big improvement over their previous location at 5300 Evergreen Dr., both in terms of square footage and amenities.

The more than 10,000 square-foot building is almost four times as large as the previous headquarters, and features more meeting spaces, a larger reception area, a new training room that seats up to 70 guests, and extra office space to fit new hires if the Foundation chooses to expand its employee numbers in the future.

The Foundation will have its building dedication and open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 24. Email hklein@umfa.org or call 501-664-8632 by Jan. 18 if you plan to attend.

A wall in the new UMFA building showcases the numerous Faith Funds articles that have run in the Arkansas United Methodist newspaper and magazine over the years. Photo by Stephen Gideon

 

The Lusk Training Center — named for John and Becki Lusk of El Dorado who made a $1 million gift to fund the building — is one of the new additions to the UMFA headquarters. This room will be used for training courses, as well as a place to host seminars and other events. It’s furnished with the latest technology, including “power towers” in the floor, which allow guests to plug in their electronic devices for charging. Each tower can charge up to six devices. The room seats around 70 people.
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The main entrance to the new UMFA building showcases a beautiful metal church steeple, reminiscent of many of the United Methodist Churches of old. The quiet space at the waiting area is open and inviting, encouraging calmness and reflection.
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From left to right: Clarence Trice, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer; Janet Marshall, Vice President of Development; Mackey Yokem, Grants Administrator; and Kristin Hartman, Account Manager.
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One of the many meeting rooms located throughout the building.
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A memorial dedicated to James B. Argue Jr., president of UMFA for more than 35 years, hangs on the wall so visitors can read about his legacy.
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The James B. Argue, Jr. Stewardship Center, the official name of the UMFA building, is named after Jim Argue, who served as the CEO of UMFA for more than 35 years. Argue passed away in May 2018 due to health complications.
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An old sign from the original UMFA building sits inside the new building as a reminder of the journey the foundation has taken since its beginning in 1963.
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The reception area of the new UMFA building.
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