About The Foundation


Under the vision and leadership of Dr. James T. McMillan, the Plymouth Congregational Church Foundation was formed in 1979 for the purpose of soliciting and accepting “contributions, gifts, funds, devices and bequests of personal or real property which along with the income therefrom, shall be held, administered, and expended exclusively for the use and direct benefit of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and the furtherance of its purposes.


  • Foundation total assets as of December 31, 2021: $11,602,950.93*
  • Value of competitive grants awarded in 2021: $83,935
  • Value of strategic grants awarded in 2021: $543,700


*$2,499,986 is in a restricted account for support of the Transition into Ministry (TiM) program

Note: The Foundation’s Finance and Investment Committee, with the guidance of professional investment advisors, manages Foundation assets and ensures adherence to the Foundation’s investment policies.


Plymouth Foundation Grants Program

Plymouth Church boards and committees are eligible to request grants from the Foundation. Use this link to learn more about the grant guidelines, access an application form, or to file a final grant report. Click here for that document.


Foundation Board Officers

  • Hallie Still-Caris, Chair
  • Joe Sorenson, Vice-Chair & Investment Committee Chair
  • Mark Schuling, Secretary
  • Chris Sidwell, Treasurer (Ex Officio)


Board Members

  • Bob Burnett
  • Spencer Cady
  • Mickey Carlson
  • Libby Jacobs, Grant Committee Chair
  • Sid Ramsey
  • Beech Turner


Staff Liaison: Jared Wortman, Senior Pastor

Investment Committee Members (Ex Officio):

  • Franklin Codel
  • Steve Jacobs
  • Laura Meier
  • Dick Swanson


Bequest Language

The official bequest language for the Plymouth Church Foundation is:

“I, (name), of (city, state, ZIP), give, devise and bequeath to Plymouth Congregational Church Foundation (written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property) for its unrestricted use and purpose.”