About Your Foundation

Your Impact

Endowed and donor advised funds with your Moravian Ministries Foundation in America generated more than a half million dollars in distributions to ministry in 2018. The largest portion, 30%, was issued to mostly Moravian congregations in the United States to support the ongoing work of individual, local churches. Global mission work received 22% of the funds from our planned gifts. These gifts funded mostly Moravian global ministries through the Board of World Mission, Unity Women’s Desk, Armando Rusindo Ministry Foundation, and others.

Moravians also gave generously to support U.S. educational institutions and issue scholarships, which accounted for 18% of the funds from these planned gifts. Nearly one in 10 dollars went to institutions devoted to the preservation of Moravian archives, music, and history. Gifts to Moravian camps in the U.S. received 7% of the funds. Other significant funds went to address the causes of homelessness, hunger, poverty, and other challenges within the communities where Moravians live.

Your Foundation's History

Before 1997 the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America operated two independent planned giving programs. The Reverend Gene Glasser led the Northern Province’s effort and Dick Gillett led the Southern Province’s program.

In 1998 the Synods of the Northern and Southern Provinces authorized the formation of the Moravian Ministries Foundation, which replaced the two planned giving programs. The decision to create the Foundation was rooted in the beliefs that it would result in:

  • A wiser use of both Provinces’ resources, and
  • A more effective voice to speak to Moravians about planned giving and other services that would foster personal and institutional (churches and ministries) stewardship.

Our Mission

We help individuals, churches, and agencies grow and sustain the ministries that are central to our Moravian faith.

Our Values

Trust: honesty, integrity, and transparency in everything we do.

Christian Service: commitment to practices that share God’s love with others.

Impact: dedication to delivering meaningful results.

Stewardship: developing, managing, and sharing gifts of time, talent, treasure and testimony.

Partnership: leveraging talents and building relationships while connecting tools and resources.

Our Strategy - MMFA 2023

Our one, three, and five year strategy for Moravian Ministries Foundation in America is built around four key goals:

Increase the awareness and impact of MMFA in the Moravian Church:
  • Communicate who we are and what we do
  • Build relationships across the Moravian community
Be the preferred partner for money management, stewardship development, and charitable planning:
  • Help those we serve define and achieve their goals by engaging them in impactful initiatives while providing the highest level of personalized service.
Be a learning organization:
  • Increase our effectiveness through listening and discernment, leveraging industry best practices, and exploring innovative solutions.
Engage 100% of MMFA’s trustees and shareholders in actively supporting our work:
  • Our trustees’ and shareholders’ support is critical to MMFA’s success. In order to achieve our mission and uphold our core values, MMFA must be led by a board that demonstrates leadership, advocacy, and best-in-class governance.

Administrative Staff

Chris Spaugh, President

Chris joined the Moravian Ministries Foundation on June 1, 2017. A lifelong resident of North Carolina, Chris spent 22 years in increasing positions of responsibility at Wells Fargo Bank NA, and its predecessor, Wachovia Bank. He is a passionate leader of relationship-driven philanthropy in the areas of charitable giving and financial solutions. Chris has vast experience with visionary leadership, staff management, nonprofit governance, financial management/oversight, client service, partnership-building and strategic planning.

When Chris is away from the office he enjoys spending time with his wife Kelli and their four children on their small, family farm.  Chris also volunteers his time with his church and Boy Scouts of America in multiple areas.

Catherine Wolfe, Administrative Assistant

Catherine joined the Foundation in January 2019. A native of Winston-Salem, she was previously employed at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Wake Forest University.

When she is not working for you at the Foundation, Catherine enjoys the arts, being in nature, and her book club. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew, her two daughters Hannah and Hallie, and her dog Bella.

Laura Watson, Director of Stewardship Services

Laura joined the Foundation in April of 2012. A native of Winston-Salem and member of Home Moravian Church, she has worked in the Florida school system, at Salem College, and as Assistant Director of Laurel Ridge, the Southern Province’s camp and conference center.

When she’s not busy with stewardship and capital campaign consulting for the Foundation, Laura enjoys running and fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as well as traveling with her husband, Mark. She has served on the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees and the Salem Academy Alumnae Board and currently serves on the Triad JDRF Board of Directors.

Kara Yates, Director of Operations

Kara joined the Foundation in June of 2016. A graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Business, Kara spent 5 years in Donor Relations with University Advancement at Wake before joining the Moravian Ministries Foundation.

Kara oversees all aspects of our internal business and financial operations, as well as being the relationship manager for Common Fund investors. She enjoys getting to know Moravians and their stories and making sure their business and philanthropic needs are being met.

When not at the foundation, Kara enjoys cooking, vegetable gardening, and spending time with her husband, Matt, and their two children Hayden and Madelyn.

Vince Holbrook, Director of Communication and Marketing

Vince Holbrook became Director of Communication and Marketing in November 2017. He’s a career communications, marketing, and project management professional who spent significant time with Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Texas Instruments. Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY as well as a Master of Arts degree in Applied Communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Vince is a member of First Moravian Church in Greensboro, NC and is also a regular at Come & Worship. He teaches part-time at Forsyth Technical Community College and at Guilford Technical Community College as an adjunct instructor for public speaking and interpersonal communication. He enjoys time with his wife, Susan, and two adult sons.

Board of Trustees - 2018-2019

Trustees

Paul Armfield, Treasurer
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Church: Calvary

Charles “Sandy” Baldwin, III, Chair 2019
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Church: Home

Keith Gohdes
Davenport, North Dakota
Church: Canaan

Julie Guffey
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Church: Olivet

Paula Hall
King, North Carolina
Church: King

Mélida Hodgson, Esq., Secretary
New York, New York
Church: Faith

Larry Johnson
Staten Island, New York
Church: Castleton Hill

Craig Laughlin
Dover, Ohio
Church: First

Keith Kapp, Esq.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Church: Raleigh

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Miller
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
PEC President, Northern Province

Cheryl Weber, Vice Chair 2019
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Church: West Side

Staff

Christopher W. Spaugh, President
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Investment & Finance Committee 2019

Paul Armfield, Chair
MMFA Board

Larry Johnson
MMFA Board

Keith Gohdes
MMFA Board

Robyn Glance & Brenda Cahill
Ex-Officio Members

Governance Committee 2019

Julie Guffey
MMFA Board

Paula Hall
MMFA Board

Keith Kapp, Esq.
MMFA Board

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Miller
MMFA Board

Executive Committee 2019

Charles “Sandy” Baldwin, III, Chair
MMFA Board

Craig Laughlin
MMFA Board Advisory Member

Mélida Hodgson, Esq.
MMFA Board

Cheryl Weber
MMFA Board