The God of heaven owns everything . He allows us, His followers, to be stewards of time, talent, and possessions to use during our lifetime to glorify Him. These blessings provide for our personal needs, the needs of others, and the advancement of God's work on earth.
The Department of Planned Giving and Trust Services assists members and friends of the church in providing for their family and God's work through trusts, wills, gift annuities, and other special gifts. The conference arranges and pays for the services of an attorney for consultation and document preparation. Family, conference, academies, local churches and schools benefit greatly from these arrangements. The Church through this specialized ministry also serves as trustee of a variety of revocable, irrevocable, and charitable trusts as well as personal representative in certain situations.
Many are discovering the satisfaction of making current tax-wise gifts from accumulated assets. Gifts of appreciated assets such as real estate, stocks, bonds, and personal property can provide tax benefits and significantly support many ministries. Special plans are available that turn highly appreciated (or fully depreciated) assets into a life income and result in a future gift to God's cause.
A fourth-generation Adventist and Michigander by birth, Joel Nephew began denominational work in 1988 as a Literature Evangelist. He started pastoring in the New York Conference in 1992, where he was later ordained to the gospel ministry. He and his wife Corina have two adult sons, Justin and Alex. In his leisure time Joel enjoys cutting wood, beekeeping and short-term building projects, as well as basketball and the occasional round of golf; but his passion is for enlarging the kingdom of God. He has been in the Trust Services Department since November, 2012.
Paul Larsen was born to an Adventist pastor family in Fresno, California. After graduating from Cedar Lake Academy, he attended Andrews University followed by a Masters in Divinity from their seminary. He also pastored for 35 years in the Illinois, Minnesota, Rocky Mountain, and Michigan Conferences before serving as an Associate Director in Planned Giving and Trust Services. Paul and his wife Nancy (Berger) have one daughter Sandra living in Ooltewah, Tennessee along with her husband Chris and two sons. A life-long philatelist, a connoisseur of Snap-on tools, an amateur clock and furniture maker, and a wannabe carpenter. Other mundane interests include collecting way too many books and still can't stop collecting, chasing after far too many mechanical pursuits, and anything moving on two wheels. With that being said, Trust Services takes up most of his time, interest, and joy of pursuit.
Mona Hickman serves as the Administrative Assistant/Trust Officer for Planned Giving & Trust Services. She worked for Genesee Merchants Bank in Flint, MI (now JP Morgan Chase) in both Trust Services and Human Resources serving them for 22 years. She served as Secretary/Treasurer for Adelphian Jr. Academy for one year before moving to Lansing. Her previous work experience prepared her for her current position at the Michigan Conference. She enjoys meeting with our members and assisting them with their estate planning needs. She is married to Brook and they have a son Dillon who is currently attending Andrews University. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading and spending time with family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews.