St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit organization created to support and enhance the programs and ministries of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church through gift planning. Members with great vision and forethought wanted to ensure the physical and spiritual presence of St. Luke’s to future generations to support our mission of being a community gathered by Jesus to live out faith in love. Through the Foundation’s endowment and gift planning, members can leave a lasting legacy to impact others for Jesus Christ. The Foundation supports scholarships and church ministries and programs, property and building maintenance, as well as giving members the opportunity to perpetuate their pledges through gift planning.
Fellowship of the Spire
The Fellowship of the Spire’s long term vision is to create a group of St. Luke’s members who give thoughtful consideration to including St. Luke’s in their estate plans. When you make us aware that you have remembered St. Luke’s in your will or through a planned gift, the church includes you as a member of The Fellowship of the Spire. Your thoughtful gift can help ensure the great legacy of our church to continue the ministries of Jesus Christ to generations to come. If you would like to be part of continuing the success of the Foundation, please consider making a gift through one of the following:
- Real Estate
- Retirement Plan/IRA
- Life Insurance
- Trusts and Estates
- Appreciated Assets
For more information on ways to give to the Foundation, or to let us know that you have included the Foundation in your will or estate planning, please contact Teresa A. Robertson at 713-402-5047.
The Foundation supports programs and ministries
Gifts to the Foundation ensure financial resources for the church to continue its vitality and meet future ministry needs. The Board of Directors strives to keep the Foundation very donor friendly by offering many ways to give. Gifts can be made to perpetuate annual pledges, future property maintenance, endowed scholarships to support youth, music, or outreach, for example. Undesignated gifts provide resources for the foundation directors to use to meet future needs of the church.
The Board of Directors
The St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is comprised of a nine person governing board, four of whom are elected by the Trustees of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and five of whom are elected by the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation.
2017 Board of Directors:
Mark Kidd, President
St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation 2017 Scholarship Recipients
THE GRACE I. AND GLENN R. DAVIES SCHOLARSHIP
THE KENNETH AND JANE FORD SCHOLARSHIP
Rebecca Anne Noel
THE ELIZABETH DODGE SCHWAB SCHOLARSHIP
NAN GAYLE DUPONT SCHOLARSHIP
THE ANN AND RANDY SMITH SCHOLARSHIP
THE UNITED METHODIST MEN’S SCHOLARSHIP
THE JAMES W. MOORE SCHOLARSHIP
CELESTE TYBOR SCHOLARSHIP
THE BENJAMIN VAUGHAN SCHOLARSHIP
THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN FOUNDERS’ SCHOLARSHIP
THE WOMEN’S BIBLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP
The following scholarships were established through St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation. Please note each scholarship has its own unique criteria and are awarded subject to funding availability. Scholarship Applications for 2018 will be available in January of 2018.
THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN’S FOUNDERS’ SCHOLARSHIP, established by the United Methodist Women of St. Luke’s on the occasion of the organization’s fortieth anniversary. The UMW Scholarship is given to seniors graduating from high school to aid students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. The scholarships honor the founders of the organization who gathered January 8, 1946, in the home of Mrs. Hines H. Baker (Thelma).
THE HINES H. BAKER BIBLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid students pursuing a full time Christian vocation. The class bears the name of a charter member of St. Luke’s, Hines H. Baker, who taught the class for a number of years and helped significantly with the founding of St. Luke’s Church.
THE WOMEN’S BIBLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP aids students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. The Class organized while the church met at Lamar High School and the scholarship honors the founding parents of our church.
THE KENNETH AND JANE FORD SCHOLARSHIP was established for persons pursuing degrees from an accredited college or university in Texas. The Fords were charter members of St. Luke’s.
THE JAMES W. MOORE SCHOLARSHIP was established in memory of Ruth Claridge, who with her husband, Elmond, taught the third grade Sunday School Class of St. Luke’s for over thirty years. This scholarship aids students pursuing a full time Christian vocation.
THE JANE SHEFFIELD SCHOLARSHIP benefits students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. Jane Sheffield, a long-time member of St. Luke’s, was also the first woman to graduate from the University of Texas Law School.
THE ANN AND RANDY SMITH SCHOLARSHIP benefits students pursing a degree in special education from an accredited college or university. The Adult Bible Study Class established this scholarship in honor of the Smiths, who provided leadership to the class since its inception. The scholarship was established in 1997, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Adult Bible Study Class.
THE LEWIS WESLEY CUTRER SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. Special consideration will be given to those with financial need. Mr. Cutrer, a former mayor of Houston, loved young people and believed in education.
UNITED METHODIST MEN’S SCHOLARSHIP, established by the St. Luke’s United Methodist Men, whose mission is to involve men in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and his church, aid persons pursuing a college degree and who are in need of financial assistance.
GRACE I. AND GLENN R. DAVIES SCHOLARSHIP was established to benefit students pursuing degrees from an accredited college or university. The Davies were long time members of St. Luke’s and their loved ones, in memory of Grace and Glenn, established this scholarship.
CELESTE TYBOR SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid single adults returning to an institution of higher education in the pursuit of a second career. Ms. Tybor was pursuing her second career when cancer cut her life short. Her many friends at St. Luke’s established this fund to honor her life and memory.
THE BENJAMIN VAUGHAN SCHOLARSHIP was established by Margaret and Emory Carl to aid students who are pursuing a career in the ordained ministry, church administration, religious education, church music, or any other full time career of service to the church. The scholarship was given in honor of Benny Vaughan, former Director of Program Ministries of St. Luke’s.
THE ELIZABETH DODGE SCHWAB SCHOLARSHIP was established to benefit a student pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. This scholarship was created in Elizabeth’s honor by her husband David and mother, Ethel Dodge, to ensure that deserving individuals receive all the support they can towards achieving their goals.
JOHN T. KING SCHOLARSHIP was established in honor of the Reverend King who served St. Luke’s with distinction as Minister of Program and Administration. The scholarship benefits students pursuing a degree from Perkins School of Theology. A separate application for this scholarship is available upon request.
Contact Anona Karnaky at 713-402-5003 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding scholarships.