Academy Presenters


Rev. David Bell

Rev. David Bell is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church from the East Ohio Conference. He serves as the Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. David is also Senior Design Partner with Design Group International.  His experience includes stewardship education, organizational visioning, leadership development and planned giving.  David empowers leaders to discover their vital role in enabling community of faith to embody a generous culture.   

Bonnie I. Marden

Bonnie I. Marden, the Founder of MYTE Ministries, is a project manager for the Wespath grant through the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.  Her experience includes fundraising, stewardship, conflict management and leadership education.  Bonnie is the author of a Leader’s Guide to Financial Stewardship, to be published in 2019 by the United Methodist General Board on Higher Education and Ministry.  

Rev. Claudine Leary

Rev. Claudine Leary is an ordained elder in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was born in Rwanda, East Central Africa and graduated from Africa Univeristy before moving to the United States.  Claudine has a certificate in fundraising management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and serves as the Director of Development for Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio.  She is the co-founder of Watoto Reads, a not-for-profit organization that is building classrooms in refugee camps in Chad.

Kirsty Jenkinson

Kirsty Jenkinson is the Managing Director of Sustainable Investment Strategies at Wespath Investment Management.  Previously, she was director of the Markets and Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based global research organization, Director of Governance and Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management in London,  and worked in the Fixed Income division of Goldman Sachs International in London. Kirsty currently sits on the board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.  She received an M.A. degree in International History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Rev. Jeffrey Taylor

Jeff Taylor is the President of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc. He received his undergraduate (B.S.’83) and law degrees (J.D. ’86) from West Virginia University. He received his seminary education from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Development Policies Committee.  Jeff is an ordained deacon in the West Virginia Annual Conference.

Kimberly Matthews

Kim Matthews is the Vice President of the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia, Inc.  Kim graduated with honors from Marshall University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science and her Master’s of Science degrees in biology. Kim is a Certified Lay Minister in the West Virginia Annual Conference.