Encouraging Stewardship...Together

Northwest Baptist Foundation

Clint Overall, President

Psalm 67:1 “God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” (NKJV 2007)Photo book of reports

The Foundation continues to pray God’s blessing on those we serve and those throughout the world who do not know Him. Our desire is that the nations be saved and that through our administration of personal and church resources our Lord would be glorified. This annual report presents many of the blessings and opportunities experienced by the Foundation during 2017.

History.

Recognizing the prospective financial benefits and services of its own foundation, the Northwest Baptist Convention authorized the creation of the Northwest Baptist Foundation. On May 4, 1956, documents were filed with the State of Oregon and the Foundation was born.

Last year we had the opportunity to celebrate 60 years of service to the Northwest Baptist Convention and most importantly the people who make of the membership of the churches.

Our constituency consists of the messengers elected by Southern Baptist Churches cooperating with the Northwest Baptist Convention, and this Report is directed to them.

Operations.

With its principal offices located in Vancouver, Washington, the Foundation is incorporated under the laws of the State of Oregon as a nonprofit religious organization and is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) organization.

Since its inception, the Northwest Baptist Foundation has effectively served as the trust agency for the Convention. The Foundation provides: (i) interim and long-term financing for church construction, remodeling, and refinancing; (ii) fiduciary services as trustee for various revocable, irrevocable, and charitable trusts and managing endowments; (iii) assistance to individuals with estate and financial planning; (iv) scholarships to seminary and university students; and (v) assistance with church organizational and legal issues.

The work of the Foundation has expanded beyond its Northwest base in recent years. The Foundation now provides accounting and consulting services to other Baptist Foundations.

Financial.

Though the economy experiences ups and downs, we are grateful the Lord provides a steady hand and has allowed the Foundation to experience measured and steady growth. The financial footing of the Northwest Baptist Foundation remains strong, and funds under management are over 43 million dollars as of December 31, 2016.

The auditing firm Kern & Thompson, LLC performed the 2016 annual audit of the Foundation’s financial statements. The Foundation received an unqualified opinion, a significant assessment meaning the auditors believe the financial statements are presented fairly and in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. Moreover, the auditing firm commended the Foundation’s accounting staff for their outstanding work in creating the financial statements.

As of December 31, 2016, the Foundation’s total unrestricted net assets were $837,014. This number represents the Foundation’s reserves and is slightly less than its 2015 budgeted expenses. As a key metric of organizational fiscal health, its reserves reveal the strength of the Foundation’s current financial condition.

Church Loans.

The Foundation operates and manages multiple church loan funds, including the Hyde, Norris, and Moseley Church Loan funds and loan funds created by several associations and churches.

As of October 31, 2017, the Foundation’s church loan portfolio included 43 loans with an outstanding balance of $17,118,315. To date in 2017, the Foundation has financed six new loans that total $8,788,977.

The Foundation continues to be active in assisting churches with their financing needs.

Wills, Trusts, and Personal Care Services.

Last year the Foundation assisted approximately 100 families with preparing estate plans, including Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney and/or Advance Directives.

The Foundation also assisted several individuals and families with personal care services. Personal care services can include monthly check writing, acting as agent under a Power of Attorney, or ensuring that an individual is properly cared for during his or her lifetime.

The Foundation is pleased to assist individuals with the inevitable transition from here to heaven with dignity. Sometimes this transition occurs with the assistance of other family members, but at times the Foundation is the only involved entity. The Foundation serves as an extension of the local church as we function in this role.

Trust and Estate Management.

Managing trusts and administering estates continues to be a core service. Approximately 67% of the $43 million in assets under management represent revocable trusts created by churches (12%) and individuals (55%). The remaining balance represents Charitable Trusts, Endowments or Memorial Funds which provide annual income to support Baptist ministries, individuals, and other charitable causes.

The 2016 endowment income was distributed in the following manner:

Northwest Baptist Convention  

                         $  64,655

Northwest Baptist Churches

                            81,152

Northwest Baptist Associations

                           123,186

International Mission Board (IMB)

                             14,849

North American Mission Board (NAMB

                                 6,688

Assistance for Short-Term Missions

                                 2,400

Educational Institutions

                             43,243

Pastor and Widow Assistance

                                 7,850

Missionary Housing

                                 4,100

       Total Distributions to SBC Charities

                         $ 348,114            

 

 

Other Charities

                             22,402

Scholarships

                               66,523

         Grand Total – Charitable Distributions

                         $ 437,048

The Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who are members of Northwest Baptist churches. We are blessed to have competent and capable leaders eager to serve on our Board. Currently, the Board consists of two women and ten men. Our Board Members possess experience in the following fields: Accounting, Law, Engineering, Architecture, Information Technology, Education, Business, and the Pastorate.

Robert Hunter, Jr. – 2017 (2nd Term)
            Committee: Investment Committee
            Occupation: Attorney, The Hunter Law Firm
            Church Membership: Eastmont Baptist Church, East Wenatchee, Washington

Herb Johnston – 2020 (1st Term)

            Committee: Church Loan & Finance Committee
            Occupation: Instructor – Bellevue Community College
            Church Membership: Trinity Baptist Church, Redmond, WA
Wayne Logan – 2017 (1st Term)
            Committee: Promotion, Development, and Education Committee
            Occupation: Retired Educator Evergreen School District, Worship Leader
            Church Membership: Northside Baptist Church, Vancouver, Washington
Mike Malody – 2018 (1st Term)
            Committee: Administrative, Church Loan and Finance Committee
            Occupation: Transitional Pastor, Blue Mountain Church, Walla Walla
            Church Membership: Emmanuel Baptist Church, Pasco, Washington
Steve Meek – 2018 (1st Term)
            Committee: Promotion, Development, and Education Committee
            Occupation: Architect
            Church Membership: Dishman Baptist Church, Spokane, Washington
Marilyn Miller – 2017 (1st Term)
            Committee: Church Loan Committee
            Occupation: Retired Accountant
            Church Membership: First Baptist Church, Longview, Washington

Jack Middlebrooks – 2020 (1st Term)

            Committee: Investment Committee
            Occupation: Retired Business
            Church Membership: CrossPointe Church, Bothell, Washington
Bill Moffitt – 2019 (1st Term)
            Committee: Investment Committee
            Occupation: Retired Business
            Church Membership: Richland Baptist Church, Richland, Washington
Don Reeves – 2019 (1st Term)
            Committee: Promotion, Development, and Education Committee
            Occupation: Pastor, Grant Avenue Baptist Church
            Church Membership: Grant Avenue Baptist Church, Corvallis, Washington
Rickey Scott – 2018 (1st Term)
            Committee: Promotion, Development, Education Committee Chairman
            Occupation: Pastor – Connections, Harvest Community Church
            Church Membership: Harvest Community Church, Eugene, Oregon
Jamie Sims – 2019 (2nd Term)
            Committee: Vice-Chairman; Investment Committee Chairman
            Occupation: Contract Administration
            Church Membership: First Baptist Church, Beaverton, Oregon
Leslie Toll – 2016 (1st Term)
            Committee: Promotion, Development, and Education Committee
            Occupation: Human Resource Consultant, P/T College Business Instructor
            Church Membership: Smith Rock Community Church, Terrebonne, Oregon
Randy Adams – NWBC Executive Director (Ex Officio)
            Committee: Church Loan and Finance Committee
            Occupation: Executive Director, NWBC
            Church Membership: CrossPointe Baptist Church, Vancouver, Washington
Steve Bryant – NWBC President (Ex Officio)

Personnel:

Clint Overall, Legal Counsel 1998 – 2015, President – 2016 (19 years)

Steve Brock, Chief Financial Officer – 2003 (14 years)

Robin Smith, Bookkeeper – 1997 (20 years)

Cris Yaw, Family Financial Planner – 2008 (9 years)

Ashley Seuell, Staff Attorney – 2013 (4 years)

Kurt Lenhoff, NW Washington Area Manager – 2014 (3 years)

Heather Appleby, Office Manager – 2014 (3 years)

Lori Pengra, Public Relations – 2016 (1 year)

Northwest Baptist Foundation staff is involved in ministry locally and throughout the world on a consistent basis. Kurt Lenhoff served in Romania teaching and preaching as well as preaching about “Stewardship” throughout the NWBC each Sunday. Lori Pengra is a pastor’s wife and leads the mission team at Hope International Baptist Church in Portland. This past year she served in Thailand doing evangelism and church planting ministries. Cris Yaw was a part of the NWBC mission trip to Thailand to work with missionary children. Cris serves as treasurer at Discovery Pointe Church and has a passion for reaching children. Robin Smith is treasurer at CrossPointe Baptist in Vancouver. She teaches preschoolers and leads VBS each year. Ashley teaches at the Northwest Campus of Gateway and works in the library – she loves to work and minister to her students. She also is heavily involved in children and youth ministry at CrossPointe Vancouver. Heather and her husband are deeply involved in counseling and small group ministry with their church family. Clint loves teaching kids at Pathway Church and Steve continues to teach his adult class, as well.

As you consider your station in life and seek to honor the Lord in all things, please allow the Foundation to help you Leave a Legacy for future generations.

Baptist Press Article by Katherine Chute, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- William O. Crews, 81, president emeritus of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, passed away March 1 after a brief illness.

"William O. Crews was a Baptist statesman, who profoundly impacted our work in the western United States," said Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary. "He was a friend and mentor to many, who will miss him deeply. His impact at Gateway Seminary lives on through our emphasis on shaping leaders -- Bill's passion and legacy."

Crews became the sixth president of Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) in December 1986. He transitioned to the role of chancellor in 2003 and retired in 2005. Previously, he served as pastor of the 2,300-member Magnolia Church in Riverside, Calif., for eight years and as a pastor at churches in Washington, Oregon and Texas. He served on the Gateway Seminary board of trustees from 1982-86 and as president of the Northwest Baptist Convention and the California Southern Baptist Convention.

Crews earned a bachelor of arts degree from Hardin-Simmons University, a bachelor of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Gateway Seminary. He was awarded two honorary degrees in 1987: the doctor of humanities degree from Hardin-Simmons University and the doctor of divinity degree from California Baptist University.

During his tenure as Gateway president, the seminary established new campuses in Phoenix (1995) and Denver (1996). The seminary also achieved accreditation approval to offer full masters degrees at all five of its campuses.

In 2003, the seminary announced several gifts in Crews' honor, including the endowed William O. Crews Chair of Leadership, creation of a special section of the seminary library housing leadership books and materials named in Crews' honor, and established a "Crews Leadership Award."

As president emeritus, Crews taught at Gateway Seminary's Pacific Northwest Campus in Vancouver, Wash., until his death.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jo Ann Cunningham.

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Earlier this year, one of the Foundation's most beloved trustors passed away.  Mildred McGlothlin, affectionately called “Mildred Mac” or just “Mac” was born in 1916 in MacHannibal, Missouri, and passed away on March 23, 2016, at the age of 99.  Mac had a love affair with books and enjoyed reading all her life. Her studies led her to complete a Christian seminary degree.

In 2011, Mac moved into an assisted living facility in Vancouver, Washington. She enjoyed getting mail and visitors, especially children. Mildred also had a wonderful sense of humor that did not dull with age!  She had a wide variety of friends of all ages and from all walks of life and she had the unique gift of being able to connect with anyone.

A treasured quote from a friend's funeral was kept in her belongings, “What will those who come behind you find?”

Dearest Mac, thank you for being so very faithful to leave behind a legacy of grace!

Foundation employees are passionate about helping Northwest churches stay on top of legal and tax issues. The Foundation has created the “Dirty Dozen” - 12 critical operational issues for your church to consider.

#1 of the “Dirty Dozen”:

Maintain active corporate status for the church - Protect your members from potential personal liability. File your annual report with the state in which you currently are incorporated.

If it’s time for you to complete your annual report, pick your state below, and follow the directions:

Notebook1       Washington: https://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/OnlineRenewal.aspx

       Oregon: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/cbrmanager/index.action#stay

       Idaho: http://www.sos.idaho.gov/corpar/Default.aspx 

 

 

 

 

Check out our new logo! The Northwest Baptist Foundation has long been identified by our “Foundation blue” oval, indeed it has been our signature since 1996. NWBF cross

Much care went into the design of this new piece. The beauty of the Cross is the key part of our lives and our desire is to make it known to all whom we come in contact with.

So after many discussions and countless proofs, this is now our new look. Thank you to those clients who have taken the time to call or write, letting us know how much you love the change. We appreciate you!

P.S. One thing that will never change is the care and excellence with which we serve our clients.

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