The Foundation

The Foundation has been serving congregations, ministries, and individuals for over 80 years.  We currently manage over $57,000,000 in assets for over 360 clients as well as manage over 100 Gift Annuities and Unitrusts. 


Our Staff


John R. Woodall

President & CEO


The Reverend John Woodall, has served as an Ordained Elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference for 34 years having focused in various areas of program ministry. The last thirteen years he served as the Senior Pastor of the Westwood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Over the years, he has had a special interest in Stewardship Education and helping churches and ministries realize long-term financial goals. He has provided leadership for the Annual Conference in Youth Ministry, the Board of Ordained Ministry and most recently as the Chair of the Conference Connectional Table.

John is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition, he has earned the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from the Lake Institute for Faith and Giving affiliated with the Indiana/Purdue University School of Philanthropy. He also has the certificate in Non-Profit Fundraising Management also from the School of Philanthropy.

John resides with his spouse, Linda, in Temple City, CA


Nia Bailey



Nia Bailey is responsible for developing working relationships with clergy, investors, donors and potential donors while communicating the services and resources provided by the Foundation.

She is also the go-to administrator for requests from investor groups regarding their accounts, conducting the intake process for all new accounts and planned gifts, and overseeing the process for the distribution of remainder amounts from planned gifts.

She is a member of Altadena United Methodist Church and longtime resident of Pasadena. As a wife and mother of four children, she is an advocate for children and education.

Her sincere interest is to be of service to the community by providing clergy, investors, donors and potential donors with the information, services and resources needed to grow in their respective ministries.

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Daniel Nign

Financial Manager


Daniel Nign is responsible for the Foundation's accounting and financial reporting functions and the annual audit.

Throughout his career, Daniel has worked in the nonprofit sector specializing in accounting, information technology and administration. He also became experienced in computerizing nonprofit organizations as technology became more accessible to the general public.

In his spare time, Daniel is involved in civic organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley area.

Born in Pasadena and raised in Sierra Madre, Daniel and his wife Mary have one son, Sean, and reside in Azusa.


Our Board


Peter Davis, Chairman

Member of Torrance United Methodist Church, where he served as Chair of Trustees and Endowment Committee. Mr. Davis is retired from Mattel Corporation where he worked as an engineer.


Lisa Fike

Member of the Burbank First United Methodist Church, where she has served as Finance Committee chair, on the Board of Trustees and is currently serving on the church’ s Foundation. Ms Fike has worked in the Accounting and Finance field for entertainment and nonprofits for over 30 years. Lisa works as the Controller of the Television Academy.


Charles Hartman

Member of the California and Ohio bars with nearly 40 years experience in the financial services industry as a regulator, a defense attorney, and an in-house attorney counseling management in brokerage operations and managing and coordinating government and self-regulatory actions and private litigation.


Anne Hawthorne

Member of Church in Ocean Park in Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation, and an affiliate member of the Urban Foundation's founding church, First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles. Ms. Hawthorne is a life-long Methodist with extensive experience in education, social services, and the non-profit sector.


Jason Lee

Member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Mr. Lee is the Managing Director and Co-founder of the Capital Loan Advisors, LLC. Mr. Lee has worked in the Banking and Finance industry for the past 25 years, recently as Vice President and Senior Client Manager with Bank of America’s Global Commercial Banking Group.


Ann Lloyd

Member of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Ms. Lloyd has had 46 years of experience in the legal field with experience in development and implementation of organizational processes. Ms. Lloyd is a successful litigator, teacher, counsellor and mentor.


Douglas Rinehart

Member of Aiea United Methodist Church, where he serves as Treasurer (3 years), Finance Committee Chair (7 years) and Board of Trustee Chair (1 year).


Karen Silvas

Member of Northridge United Methodist Church. Ms. Silvas has over 26 years in the accounting profession (CPA and CFA). Ms. Silvas has served as Associate and Assistant Professor of Finance at Eastern Illinois University and Indiana State University, where she taught basic corporate finance and investment analysis to juniors and seniors.



Ex Officio


Bishop Grant Hagiya


Archana Carey,

Executive Director of Finance/Treasurer