Our vision is to encourage Biblical principles of financial stewardship and generosity, resulting in the gathering, management, and distribution of financial resources for Christ and His kingdom.
Our mission is to encourage and assist individuals, congregations, and ministries in the Mennonite Brethren community with Biblical financial stewardship solutions.
Stewardship is the heart of what we
do, recognizing God’s ownership of all.
(I Corinthians 4:2, Matthew 6:24, I Chronicles 29:10-18). Service is the posture of what we do, focusing on serving Christ and His Church. (I Peter 5:2-3, Colossians 3:23-24). Integrity is the foundation of what we do, seeking to be above reproach in everything.
(I Timothy 3:1-7).
2022 FINANCIAL PROFILE
MB Foundation is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™. To learn more about ECFA visit their website at www.ecfa.org.
MINISTRIES WE SERVE
We value partnering with YOUR ministry to gather, manage and distribute financial resources for Christ and His kingdom. If you have a money challenge, we can help! We enjoy a partnership with many ministries and charities across the United States.
For more information, visit the United States conference website at www.usmb.org
Arubah Community Clinic
Central California Mennonite Residential Services,
Corn Bible Academy, Corn, OK
Corn Heritage Village, Corn, OK
Fairview Fellowship Home, Fairview, OK
Heritage Christian Schools, Bakersfield, CA
Heritage Village, Bakersfield, CA
Immanuel Schools, Reedley, CA
James Valley Christian School, Huron, SD
Kings View Corporation, Fresno, CA
Lincoln Glen Manor, San Jose, CA
Lustre Christian High School, Lustre, MT
Oklahoma Bible Academy, Enid, OK
Palm Village Retirement Community, Reedley, CA
Sunshine Bible Academy, Miller, SD
Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community, Buhler, KS
Mennonite Brethren Foundation had its functional beginning in 1898 when an Endowment Fund was established under the management of the Board of Trustees of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. In 1957 a gift annuity program was initiated and the first annuity was issued.
Mennonite Brethren Foundation had a more formal and intentional beginning in 1972 with the establishment of a denominational stewardship department to offer services in estate planning education, life income agreements, charitable trusts, and a variety of gift plans. The success of the planned giving programs and services linked with a perceived need to structure the organization for maximum effectiveness resulted in its incorporation in 1990 as Mennonite Brethren Foundation.
In 2003, MB Loan Fund was established and incorporated to carry on the Foundation’s investment and loan programs. Charitable activities and gift planning remain the responsibility of MB Foundation. The staff and board are the same for both organizations. The full history of MB Foundation is available in “Taking Hold of Real Life”, released in 2020. Request a free copy.
To learn more about the Mennonite Brethren denomination please visit the US Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches at www.usmb.org.
The Conference establishes a Mission Fund
Conference receives first planned gift
The Conference first reference to a Stewardship Committee
MB Foundation Incorporated
Mennonite Brethren Loan Fund established & incorporated.
Assets reach $300M
MEET OUR TEAM
Jon C. WiebeDave Schlittler
Tracy HalydierBruce Jost
Bruce JostDave Schlittler
Joel D. Soo HooDave Schlittler
Sarah BurtonBrenda Hamm
Aleya EdigerBrenda Hamm
Rick EshbaughRachel Indorf
Pam FranzDave Schlittler
Tracy HefleyRachel Indorf
Lyle IsaacRachel Indorf
Stacie MyersBrenda Hamm
Jonathan ReimerRachel Indorf
Sherry RempelBrenda Hamm
Heather SilhanBrenda Hamm
Ken WarkentinBrenda Hamm
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Hamm graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Mr. Hamm was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, where he still resides. Since 1984, Mr. Hamm has owned and managed his own auto dealership in Enid, Stuart Nissan. He is active in the Enid community, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Enid United Way. Mr. Hamm has served on the MB Foundation board since 2004. Following the expiration of his elected term in 2020, Randy was appointed by the board to continue serving through 2024.
Mr. Wall is a Certified Financial Planner and owns an independent financial planning business. He has been active in the local FPA chapter since 1995. He currently attends Stony Brook Church in Omaha, Nebraska and has served as an elder for 8 years. Mr. Wall has been involved with church planting and building projects in churches since 1990. He has served several terms with the Central District Conference on Board of Trustees, Faith & Life and presently Church Planting Board. His current term expires in 2024.
Mr. Lightner is employed by Commerce Bank, Garden City, KS since 2012. He manages commercial relationships with agriculturalists and other business people, and serves on the loan committee. He has been in full time ministry , spending 9 years as a Christian Missionary in Central Mexico. His history of volunteer service includes: Garden Valley Church, Beef Empire Days, Inc., The Garden City Coop, Finney County United Way, and The Garden City Community College Endowment Association. Mr. Lightner attends the Garden Valley Church, serving on the worship team, in children’s ministry, and in church leadership. His current term expires in 2024.
Mr. Ray received a B.S. degree from California State University Fresno. He is a Certified Financial Planner, and is the President and shareholder of Regency Investment Advisors, Inc., a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Registered Investment Advisory firm in Fresno, California. He brings to our board 20 years of professional investment experience. His history of volunteer service includes: Ten years serving as a citizen advisory member on the investment committee of the City of Fresno Retirement Systems; Past President of the Fresno Estate Planning Council; Board member and Chairman, Central California Mennonite Residential Services; and Past President, Exceptional Parents Unlimited Board of Directors. Dan currently serves on the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Committee. Mr. Ray has served on the MB Foundation board since July 2000. Following the expiration of his elected term in July 2018, Dan was appointed by the board to continue serving through 2026.
Mr. Schneider holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Huron University in Huron, South Dakota, and attended the American Bankers Association and Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. He was a loan officer and branch manager for the Farm Credit System Production Credit Association for ten years and was president of the Marquette Bank of Huron, South Dakota for 15 years. He retired as President & CEO of American Bank & Trust in Huron where he had been employed since January 2002 and was recently elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives. He was also Vice-President and a director of Leackco Bank Holding Company, Inc., and Secretary of American Trust Insurance, LLC. Mr. Schneider has been a director and board chairman of the Greater Huron Development Corporation, the Huron Regional Medical Center Hospital, the James Valley Christian School and the Griffith Foundation. He has also served as a director for the South Dakota State University Foundation and a director and president of the South Dakota Bankers Association. He has served as director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. Mr. Schneider has served on MB Foundation’s Board since July 2000. Following the expiration of his elected term in July 2018, Lynn was appointed by the board to continue serving through 2026.
Mr. Boothe has been an entrepreneur since 1968, building, owning, operating and selling a variety of businesses. He lives in Wichita, KS with his wife, Nancy, and is a long-time member of First MB Church. Mr. Boothe served on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Conference for eight years prior to joining the MB Foundation Board of Directors. He has been involved with MB Foundation’s board or its predecessor, since 1980. In the spring of 2010, the board voted to bestow Director Emeritus status to Mr. Boothe in recognition of 30 years of faithful service and leadership.
Mr. Martens, a life long resident of Fairview, OK, was involved in farming and manufacturing for many years. In 1980, when President of Waldon, Inc., he received a very special honor as Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He and his wife, Joyce, are active members of Fairview MB Church. In 1977, Mr. Martens was elected to the General Conference of MB Churches Board of Trustees and remained on that board until transitioning to the MB Foundation Board of Directors at its inception in 1991. He was named the first Chair of MB Foundation and served in that capacity for ten years. He retired from the Board at the end of 2002, having served MB Foundation and its predecessor for 25 years. Mr. Martens was recognized by the board for his outstanding service and excellent leadership, by being granted the status of Director Emeritus.
Mr. Neufeld is a real estate broker who has been involved in the real estate industry since 1980. He earned his B.A. degree from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Mr. Neufeld is a current member of the National, California, and Fresno Association of Realtors. He has served two terms as President of the Fresno association and also served as treasurer for the association’s Budget & Finance Committee. He has been a member of the Property & Finance Committee of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary for seven years, including three years as its chair. Mr. Neufeld served on the U.S. Conference Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002, including several terms as chair. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fresno Pacific University. Mr. Neufeld has served on the MB Foundation board since 1994, and as chairman from 2002 to 2007. Concluding Mr Neufeld’s 26 years of faithful service and leadership, he was granted the honorary status of Director Emeritus by the Board of Directors.