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John Wesley Heritage Society

Since its beginnings in the 1840s, St. Paul’s Church has been sustained by the faith, commitment, and vision of generous members and friends. We are grateful to all those whose thoughtful planning has helped ensure a vibrant future for the Church.

Supporting St. Paul’s UMC
into the Future

Named for John Wesley, the 18th-century Anglican clergyman, Christian theologian, and leader in the Methodist movement, the John Wesley Heritage Society honors the dedicated St. Paul’s members and friends who have chosen to include St. Paul’s in their estate plan or who have made a current gift to an endowed fund. You can join the John Wesley Heritage Society when you declare a gift to the St. Paul’s Foundation.

Charter members are those who joined in 2008 and 2009 when the Society was founded. Members are recognized in the Foundation’s annual report and are invited to special Foundation events and programs. Membership can also be anonymous.

Invitation to Membership

You are invited to join over 80 members of the John Wesley Heritage Society by supporting St. Paul’s UMC Foundation in one or more of the following ways:

  • Establishing a will or revocable trust provision
  • Establishing a life estate arrangement that gives all or a portion of the property to the Foundation
  • Designating the Foundation as the owner and/or beneficiary of all or a portion of a life insurance policy
  • Designating retirement plan assets to the Foundation
  • Establishing a charitable gift annuity with the Foundation as beneficiary
  • Establishing a charitable trust with the Foundation as a beneficiary
  • Making a substantial outright gift of cash or other assets, such as stocks, which are designated for endowment, or establishing a named endowed fund at the Foundation or with the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation for the benefit of St. Paul’s.
  • Cash gifts include distributions from your IRA. Be sure to check with the Foundation about the specific requirements for this type of gift, as distributions from an IRA must be directed to the Church with the notation “to be kept in perpetuity” in order to be a Qualified Charitable Distribution.


To learn more about the John Wesley Heritage Society, contact Rev. Jerry Oakland, Executive Director, at 319-200-1066 or

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.

                - John Wesley

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