About Us

The Endowment Board is staffed by talented and dedicated individuals. Our volunteer Board of Trustees includes committed laypersons and clergy who serve as the guiding force for all of our efforts.

Although much has changed in the last century, The Endowment Board still holds true to our mission of supporting our retired clergy and their spouses. With thoughtful investments and wise stewardship, we promise to continue to grow the endowment, and services, for many years to come.

“The Endowment Board is a vital partner with the Board of Pensions in providing assistance to retirees who have served in ministry. Whether it is through pension support or through making health insurance premiums more affordable, The Endowment Board has been a faithful, dependable, and loyal friend for decades.”
— Paul Extrum-Fernandez, Executive Officer & CBO Board of Pensions

Leadership

Led by Executive Director, Cory Parish, The Endowment Board is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to support the retired clergy and spouses of the California-Nevada United Methodist Conference. Together with our Board of Directors, the Board of Pensions, the Retired Clergy Association, and God, we work to expand programs, services, and outreach in a manner that is consistent with our mission, vision, and values.

Executive Director, Mr. Cory Parish, and Legacy Advisor, Ms. Marsha Bryan, are all smiles at the 2019 Retired Clergy Association Luncheon.

Our Board of Trustees consists of volunteer members, divided equally between clergy and laity, representing each region of our conference. The expertise and talents of our board members includes business, finance, ministry, and fund development.

2019/20 Board of Trustees

Rev. Kim Smith
President

Mt. Tamalpais UMC,
Mill Valley

Ms. Shirley Azim
Vice-President

First UMC,
Yuba City

Mr. Eric Antonio
St. Paul’s UMC,
Stockton

Rev. Dave Bennett
Central UMC,
Stockton

Rev. Anne Choy
St. Paul UMC,
Fremont

Rev. Jim Current
Novato UMC,
Novato

Rev. John Dodson
Los Altos UMC,
Los Altos

Mr. Rob Dunning
First UMC,
Eureka

Rev. Rochelle Frazier
South Hayward UMC,
Hayward

Ms. Margie Gong
Los Altos UMC,
Los Altos

Mr. Richard Grissom
Mt. Tamalpais UMC,
Mill Valley

Ms. Jenny Han
Oakland Korean UMC,
Oakland

Rev. Bobby Jones
Citrus Heights UMC,
Citrus Heights

Mr. Tom Kaljian
Los Banos UMC,
Los Banos

Ms. Siteri Maravou
Trinity UMC,
Mountain View

Ms. Mary Popish
Elk Grove UMC,
Elk Grove

Mr. Leon Sucht
St. Paul’s UMC,
Manteca

Rev. Mark Wharff
Central UMC,
Stockton

Rev. Michael Yoshii
Buena Vista UMC,
Alameda

Affiliate Organizations

The Endowment Board both sponsors and collaborates on many events throughout the year, working with our affiliates to connect our retired clergy with the Conference and community. Please visit their websites for more information.