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.
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, and one daughter-in-law, Rachel, Justin’s wife. In his leisure time Joel enjoys cutting wood, beekeeping and short-term building projects; but his passion is for enlarging the kingdom of God.
Gene Hall was born in Owosso, Michigan and is married to Ciliciana. Together they have three children and eight grand-children. Gene began working full time as a Literature Evangelist in June, 1976 and continued in that field for 21 years. In February 1996 he was called to pastoral ministry in Indiana. Then in May, 2000, he came back to Michigan and served the Jackson/Bunkerhill churches for nine years and the Holland Church for the past five years, before joining the Trust Services department at the Michigan Conference.
Ramona Hickman serves as the Assistant Director 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 has been in the Trust Services Department since 2008.
Kasey McFarland grew up near Drummond Island in a non-Christian home. She was introduced to Jesus at the age of 19 during a tragedy that happened in the family of the boy she was dating (and later married!). She is currently a member of the Livingston Seventh-day Adventist church and works in the Women’s Ministries and Trust departments at the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Kasey enjoys spending time with her husband Bill, son’s Jake and Kaleb, and her family and friends. She truly loves serving Jesus in ministry. She is a busy wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt and great-aunt. Kasey also loves being active and creative, studying God’s Word, reading, writing, speaking and teaching and all aspects of ministry. Just don’t ask her to sing or play an instrument.