UM Foundation President announces retirement

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Rev. Harry Nicol

United Methodist Foundation President the Rev. Harry Nicol announced his retirement effective the fall of 2014. Rev. Nicol served as president for 11 years and says it’s been a great job for him.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the churches, clergy and lay people of the annual conference as they have considered their local church finances, stewardship, and endowments. I’ve enjoyed seeing what good has come from the grants the Foundation has been able to make. I’ve been very pleased to be a part of providing the annual stewardship seminar to the churches of the conference. It has been very gratifying to hear from local churches who have experienced the benefit of what they have learned at these seminars,” he said.

Rev. Nicol says it’s been a joy to come to work every day learning something new about investments, stewardship and planned giving. He and the UM Foundation staff organized and planned the Northern Illinois Conference-wide stewardship event each year.

“Beyond all of that I have had the wonderful experience of working with the leadership of the annual conference as well as the board and staff of the Foundation. This has been a real privilege,” he said.

Rev. Nicol and his wife, Lois are looking forward to retirement. They plan to do more traveling and spend more time with friends and family. They’ll continue to be involved with the local church and not-for-profit work.

“Beyond that, I hope to continue some work with local churches and their financial stewardship ministry which I think is very important. I’ve learned a lot about this at the Foundation and have a great deal of passion for this work,” he said.

Rev. Nicol and his wife live in Lake Bluff and enjoy walking, hiking, and bike riding.

“With the beach and ravines of Lake Bluff at our disposal we will certainly enjoy more of those very simple pleasures,” he said.

The Foundation is currently seeking to fill the position of president. For more information click here.

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