Heartspring was created by the Texas Annual Conference at its 1978 session to provide financial and stewardship services to the churches and members of the conference. Originally called the United Methodist Foundation of the Texas Annual Conference, Dr. Roy Felder was the first president, serving for 10 years. Dr. Gus Browning then held the post until his retirement in 1992. Dr. Faulk Landrum became the third president, retiring in 2003, when current president Rev. C. J. Taylor was appointed. The Foundation has continued to grow and expand services to the Texas Conference over the years.
In 2007 the Foundation began to develop a comprehensive, strategic marketing evaluation and plan. This process included multiple surveys and research to determine the best ways we can serve the people and ministries of the Texas Conference. In the process, the Foundation leadership determined that to differentiate ourselves from competitors and similarly-named organizations, we should change our name. On January 22, 2009, our board of trustees voted to change our name to Heartspring Methodist Foundation. We officially launched the new name May 6, 2009.
We are proud to celebrate 40 years of faithful service, helping your ministry succeed. Although our accounting system, staff and assets under management have grown dramatically over the years, the core mission of the Foundation remains unchanged. In his report in the 1978 TAC Journal Rev. Felder speaks of our original purpose to “receive gifts, legacies and bequests, and to administer the same for the benefit of the churches agencies and institutions of the Annual Conference.”
At the end of the first year of operation the Foundation consisted of one staff member and $1.4 million under management. Today, the Foundation has grown to 7 full-time staff members, and $86 million under management. From a modest beginning, our Foundation has grown into a ministry that now distributes more than $1 million a year to the churches, ministries and missions within the Texas Annual Conference.