TMF Announces Retirement and Names New Area Representative
Austin, Texas – March 27, 2017 – TMF announced the retirement of Eric McKinney from his eight-year tenure as senior area representative for the Central Texas Conference, effective July 1, 2017. An elder in the Central Texas Conference, McKinney served as pastor, district superintendent, interim Southwestern University chaplain, and TMF clergy group facilitator before joining the TMF staff in 2009.
“Eric’s passion for connecting congregations and individuals more closely with the dreams that God has for us and our world is at the very core of his work,” observed Tom Locke, TMF president. “Eric’s multi-faceted experience in the UMC has been enormously valuable in implementing TMF’s Holy Conversations process of helping clergy and lay leaders discern their purpose and create new or enhance existing ministries to align with that purpose. We wish him Godspeed in his well-deserved retirement.”
McKinney will serve as co-pastor of First UMC Georgetown for one year, beginning July 2017.
With McKinney’s retirement, TMF also announced that John Mollet will represent TMF as senior area representative for the Central Texas Conference, beginning September 1, 2017. Retiring at annual conference in June of this year, Mollet most recently served as senior pastor at First UMC Grapevine, since 2011. Prior to that, he served as senior pastor at Stonebridge UMC in McKinney for eight years and at First UMC Lewisville, Chapel Hill UMC in Farmers Branch, First UMC Iowa Park and First UMC Denton.
A graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, Mollet received a Master of Theology degree from Perkins School of Theology in 1978.
In his role as area representative, Mollet will connect Central Texas Conference constituents to resources relevant to their unique goals for missional growth in their congregations and communities.
“TMF has had a long relationship with John, first in the North Texas Conference and then the Central Texas Conference,” said Locke. “He brings a deep understanding of what it takes to create congregational cultures of purpose and generosity and an abiding love for the Church and what it can accomplish. We are thrilled to have someone as able and committed as he is to continue Eric’s legacy of excellence and look forward to his unique contributions to this important work.”
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Headquartered in Austin, Texas, TMF is a nonprofit organization offering assistance to United Methodists through investments, loans, grants and leadership, stewardship, gift planning, and endowment services. TMF serves the six United Methodist conferences throughout Texas and New Mexico. Leading from its core values of servanthood, integrity and competence, TMF has been serving United Methodist congregations for more than 75 years. It is the largest United Methodist foundation in the country with more than $525 million in assets under management. To learn more, please visit http://www.tmf-fdn.org.