From Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Inc. of Atlanta is contributing $1.5 million to the General Board of Global Ministries in support of the agency’s new headquarters. The facility on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown Atlanta is part of Global Ministries’ restructuring and move from New York City to Atlanta later this year.
“The Woodruff Foundation’s extraordinary generosity comes at a key moment for us as we move to Atlanta from New York after almost 200 years” said Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries’ top executive. “Global Ministries’ new home will provide an important new setting for us from which our work and partnerships can flourish.”
Soon after Global Ministries acquired the property at 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue last year from Grace United Methodist Church, whose congregation will remain active on the site, plans began to transform the building and the grounds to accommodate the agency’s work. Completion is scheduled for August. The historic sanctuary facing Ponce de Leon Avenue, built in 1922, will remain. Two office buildings adjoining the sanctuary, built in 1957 and 1967, are undergoing extensive renovation, with LEED Gold design.
To enhance the site itself, which encompasses 3.5 acres, Global Ministries has planned a series of environmentally progressive and sensitive improvements over the next few years, including enhancing the greenspace. It is Global Ministries’ goal to enhance the appearance and sustainability of the site.
Throughout the planning, Kemper said, “Global Ministries has sought to act thoughtfully in how to best realize its future in a new way in its new home, connected to and in partnership with the community, linked to the agency’s work across the United States and its network of Regional Offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.”
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Inc. is an independent private foundation with a broad charter to support charitable, scientific and educational activities. The Foundation is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees under the laws of the state of Georgia. Grants generally are limited to tax-exempt public charities located and operating in Georgia. Principal giving interests are focused on elementary, secondary and higher education; health care and education; human services, particularly for children and youth; economic development and civic affairs; art and cultural activities; and conservation of natural resources and environmental education.
The General Board of Global Ministries is the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church. It is the current iteration of a Methodist mission movement that was founded in 1819 in New York City. Today, Global Ministries is focused on four mission goals: make disciples of Jesus Christ; develop and renew Christian congregations and communities; alleviate human suffering; and seek justice, freedom, and peace. The agency’s restructuring also includes the development of a network of regional offices in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, all of which will be operational by 2017.