Everence and Quaker network announce partnership

Kelly Kellum’s new role introduced at FUM Triennial in Wichita

Friends United Meeting and Everence® announced formation of a stewardship partnership at the FUM 31st Triennial in Wichita, Kansas, this month.

A significant feature of the FUM-Everence partnership is the creation of an Everence stewardship consultant role for FUM and the broader Friends faith community. Kelly Kellum began in that role in April. 

The partnership and Kelly’s role were introduced by FUM General Secretary Colin Saxton at a Meeting for Business session at the triennial. Another Everence Stewardship Consultant, Mitch Stutzman, and Bill Hartman, Everence Vice President Organization and Congregation Services, also attended the triennial to support the partnership and led informational seminars. 

Colin announced that Everence will provide stewardship resources and support for FUM and other parts of the Friends community, including monthly meetings, yearly meetings and affiliated organizations. Over the years, Everence has worked with FUM and other Friends groups in various ways, including on the Friends Retirement Plan and Friends Mutual Health Group for meetings, churches and nonprofits.

About Kelly Kellum: Kelly is first and foremost a lifelong Friend and pastor. He views stewardship ministry as a pastoral calling to support meetings/churches and Quaker originations to fulfill their callings and achieve their stewardship goals. Kelly is excited about the opportunity to connect Quaker communities to the stewardship resources and services made available through this partnership with Everence. Kelly is a member of High Point Friends Meeting in North Carolina, where his wife, Kathy, serves as the pastoral minister.

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