Special to the Advocate
The Mississippi Conference has won an award for how its conference insurance program responded to property loss from Hurricane Katrina.
The 2006 STEP Award was given to the conference,
UM PACT — United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust — was created in 2005 to provide property and casualty insurance to United Methodist churches. The Mississippi Conference was one of the first to join the program.
Irene Howard, CEO of PACT, presented the awards. The Rev. Chris Cumbest received the award on behalf of Ward and the Cabinet. Stotts accepted the award on behalf of the conference, Rasberry, the Trustees and himself.
The award read: “Recognizing the energy, creativity and strength of The Mississippi Conference Leadership’s remarkable response to Hurricane Katrina, significantly reclaiming property and liability insurance as ministry on behalf of the United Methodist Community.”
“I would have never dreamed that we could have addressed the 368 claims for the first time and only have fewer than 25 supplemental claims to address in less than 13 months. Thanks to all of those who assisted.”
Stotts led the storytelling program during the summit banquet, sharing how
During UM PACT’s annual Board of Directors meeting, Bill Barham, risk manager for
Stotts was elected to a three-year term on the board and will serve on the Underwriting Committee.
“I am honored to serve on the board,” Stotts said. “We have a lot of work in front of us. I firmly believe having a denominational insurance program will allow ministry to grow in areas that conventional insurance would impede its growth. We will strive to insure ministry and not limit ministry because we can’t obtain the necessary coverage to protect our churches.
“Bill Barham has done a great job, and