I am asking you prayerfully to consider what part you could play in this Legacy of partnering across generations. A will is the cornerstone of a well-organized estate plan and can proclaim your Christian faith, demonstrating your response as a faithful steward to future generations.
What is the Legacy Fund?
The Legacy Fund is a permanent endowment established in 2012 to provide the long-term financial security of Westminster for generations to come. The Legacy Fund accepts current and planned gifts from donors. Legacy Fund distributions support activities central to Westminster’s mission that are outside the annual operating budget and protect the church from adverse financial circumstances. Distributions will be made to fund special needs and projects that support Westminster’s ministries and enhance the Westminster experience beyond items generally covered by annual giving.
Frequently Asked Questions
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click here.
For specific questions, please contact: Donovan Drake, Pastor and Head of Staff, 615-292-5526; Jo Ann McFarlin, Church Administrator, 615-292-5526, or the current Chair of the Legacy Fund Board of Trustees.
Nancy Falls and Neil Price
I want to make the Westminster Legacy Fund a part of my will to help insure the church’s ability to continue to do good works for the longterm for our congregation and for the community. Our church has touched many lives over the150 years of its history and has played an important role in the spiritual and intellectual life of Nashville. When Nancy and I were married at Westminster, I found out that the church had cared for a family member of mine long before - my father recalled that he had taken the trolley out to this “great new church” when he was a medical student at Vanderbilt 70 years ago. It was because of this church’s great leadership’s vision and willingness to sacrifice to do God’s work that this church was built so that there was a place for a young student to find a church home. And later it became a home for Nancy when she moved to Nashville with 2 little girls. And when we were married it was this great place that helped in the creation of our blended family. And again for Nancy’s parents, when they became more dependent and moved here and were embraced and immediately included in the seniors fellowship.
So Nancy and I give to Westminster out of gratitude for all that it has given us and for all that this church represents. It has been a special place that we have celebrated weddings and funerals, watched our children be transformed by the love and patience of youth ministers, choir leaders, and the experiences on mission trips. Where our parents were able to enjoy fellowship with their Good Sams senior friends and have the privilege of being ministered by someone with a special gift in caring for aging adults, Carson Salyer. Westminster does so many things right in caring for the whole congregation. Planned giving through the legacy fund is a simple way of supporting Westminster for it’s important work in the next 150 years!
Ashley and Lew Conner
During more than fifty years as members of Westminster, we have been blessed and nurtured in so many ways. At Westminster we have experienced the birth of our children, baptisms, weddings, Christian education, and now a repeat of that process for our grandchildren. Westminster has conducted the funerals of our parents, offered us support and comfort in other times of family crisis, and provided the foundation of our own spiritual journey through participation as Elders, in worship, and other works of the church. Westminster was where we taught Sunday School and participated with youth programs, Habitat builds, NaCoMe, and Every Member Canvases. We have considered the compelling needs of the church, particularly renovation and restoration of its aging facilities. Thus, in thankfulness for all of the many blessings received by our family from Westminster and to help enable its exceptional leadership as it looks to the future, we have chosen to make gifts to The Legacy Fund now and at our deaths. It is our great hope that all other members will go through a prayerful analysis of their own blessings received from Westminster, and if they reach the same conclusion, contribute to The Legacy Fund, according to their means.
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