New Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethel Springs receives Renfro Trust Fund grant


New Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethel Springs, Tennessee, in the Memphis Conference’s Tennessee River District is the recipient of a grant from the Renfro Trust Fund.

The check presentation took place at the church on Jan. 20.

Bricks-and-mortar Renfro Trust Fund grants are administered through the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) of The United Methodist Church and are awarded annually from interest accumulated in the fund.
The grants are for small membership, rural churches. Population guidelines are included in the grant guidelines.

According to Sandra Burnett, chair of the Memphis Conference’s Outreach Advocacy Committee that received applications by Aug. 7 last year, “Approved applications were sent to the SEJ’s Conference Secretaries of Global Missions. For 2018, one congregation in each of the ten conferences received a grant. New Bethel UMC, pastored by Rev. Shirley Williams, was the recipient from the Memphis Conference.”

New Bethel UMC’s request was partially funded. The church received a check for $2,650.00 to support its work to replace flooring and kitchen countertops, upgrade its HVAC system and more, according to a letter to the church from Susan Hunt, secretary and treasurer for the SEJ’s Conference Secretaries of Global Missions.

Hunt’s letter said, “We pray this Renfro Trust grant will assist your congregation in fruitful ministry that will help in fulfilling our United Methodist mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Small, rural Memphis Conference churches were invited to apply for the grant last year. Read more here.

~Compiled by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications, Memphis Conference