Management Board Report: Foundry names Martha Ford Interim Coordinator of Family Ministries

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Foundry has hired Martha Ford as Interim Coordinator of Family Ministries, Foundry Executive Pastor Dawn Hand told the Management Board at its March 28 meeting. (The Foundry Management Board, a nine-person elected group, meets monthly to discuss and make decisions concerning church operations. Participants at the March 28 meeting, Board members: Leigh Carter, Louise Franklin, Matt Hansen, Sam Kilpatrick, P.J. Taylor, Doug Steele, Samantha Sweeney, Dan Vock, Gwen Williamson; Pastors: Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Dawn Hand.)

Ford, who lives in Fairfax, Va., was scheduled to start on April 3 and serve through at least July.

During that time, Foundry will continue to search for a replacement for Thomas Dumas, the former Director of Family Ministries who died suddenly in February after a short illness.

Ford will work about 15 to 20 hours each week. A provisional United Methodist deacon, she will help manage family ministry activities, mission trips and other missions that are underway rather than launch new initiatives.

“It’s to help us say grace over what we’ve got on the plate, while we search for a director of family ministries,” Hand said.

Following Dumas’ death, the church has maintained the family ministries agenda. For example, nine Foundry youth traveled to New York City in March for an event at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

“We know of some families that have decreased their attendance,” Hand said. But “we are happy” that Foundry leaders and staff are ensuring that the church is serving well families with children.


Mission Possible II

The second capital campaign to finance Foundry’s renovation project, Mission Possible, has gained advance commitments from five people totaling $400,000. Senior Pastor Ginger Gaines-Cirelli has met with about 70 members of the Foundry community during the campaign’s “quiet period.” The public portion of the fundraising effort will kick off the Sunday following Easter. The second phase of Mission Possible will include organ upgrades, the conversion of Davenport Center into a coffee house, debt reduction and church exterior improvements.



After an additional seven journal entries in February, the 2016 net budget deficit is $3,338. The board will likely vote on a motion in May to cover the loss with funds from the operating reserves.

Through February, the 2017 budget has a deficit of $5,428.

The operating reserves balance is $534,585, or 23.6% of the 2017 budget. The target minimum is $541,845. The capital reserves balance is $119,648, or 5.3% of the 2017 budget. The target minimum is $564,421, or 25%. Mission Possible Phase I owes $520,000 to the capital reserves.


Submitted by the Strategic Communications Ministry Team.