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St. Paul's Foundation

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Foundation, an Iowa nonprofit corporation, was established by the church in 1975 to administer the church’s endowment and to identify and develop opportunities for further growth through current and legacy gifts. 

Over the past 45 years the Foundation’s assets have grown dramatically as generous church members and friends have left legacy gifts. Many gifts have been without restriction, while about two dozen special funds have been established to support specific ministries of St. Paul’s UMC. Each year distributions are made to the Church from the investment of these funds. In the last 20 years alone, the Foundation has provided $3,382,000 to support ministries and projects of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Leaving a Legacy

Since its beginnings in the 1840s, St. Paul’s UMC and its ministries have been sustained by the vision and commitment of generous people. St. Paul’s members give willingly of their time and resources to insure the ministries of Jesus Christ are made visible in our community and beyond. The Foundation provides these generous people an opportunity to insure their values will live on past their own lifetimes by providing perpetual support for St. Paul’s UMC.

Our Mission Giving Opportunities Ways to Give Join the John Wesley Heritage Society Foundation Board Foundation Staff Scholarships

Learn More

For more information on the Foundation or to discuss how you can make a difference in the future of St. Paul’s, contact Rev. Jerry Oakland, Executive Director, at 319-200-1066 or All inquiries are confidential.

Employment Opportunities

St. Paul’s UMC Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Executive Director. This position is being vacated by Jerry Oakland who has announced plans to retire later in 2023. Jerry has held the position since May 2017; we thank him for his leadership.

The objective of this one-quarter time position as an independent contractor is to provide the Christian-based leadership necessary to successfully implement the development strategies, objectives, policies, and programs of the St. Paul’s UMC Foundation to support the missional priorities of St. Paul’s UMC. Apply here

Foundation in Action

Witness the many visible ways the St. Paul’s Foundation helps us answer God’s call for our church. Read the Foundation’s quarterly Messenger newsletter.

    St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    1340 3rd Ave SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


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