Meet the Board

The directors and executive officers of the Fund are as follows:

Name Age Position(s)
David K. Bernard 61 Chairman of the Board of Directors
Roger D. Lewis 77 Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Stephen M. Drury 69 President, Director
Randall K. Barton 65 Vice President
Thomas S. Russell 69 Directory, Secretary
Lincoln A. Graham, Jr. 50 Director, Treasurer
J.P. Rose 68 Director
James E. Carney 70 Director
Susanna L. Drury 40 Assistant Secretary
Duane F. Goble 66 Assistant Treasurer

Summaries of the experience of our directors and executive officers of the Fund are set forth below:

david-bernard.jpgDAVID K. BERNARD has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since inception and also serves as the General Superintendent of UPCI. Dr. Bernard also serves on our Executive Committee and Loan Committee. Prior to becoming UPCI’s General Superintendent, Dr. Bernard served as the Pastor of New Life United Pentecostal Church in Austin, Texas from 1992 until 2011. Dr. Bernard has also served as President of Urshan Graduate School of Theology, a UPCI affiliated divinity school, since 2000, as a founding District Superintendent of the South Texas district of UPCI and as Associate Editor for UPCI. Dr. Bernard holds a B. A. from Rice University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas, a Doctorate in Theology from the University of South Africa.

ROGER D. LEWIS has served as the Vice Chairman of our board of Directors since inception and also serves on our Executive Committee and Loan Committee. Mr. Lewis also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and as a honorary member of the UPCI Executive Board. Mr. Lewis has also served in various leadership positions as District Superintendent, Home Missions Director, pastor and presbyter of the Alabama District for the United Pentecostal Church. Mr. Lewis has also founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Big Pine Petroleum, Inc. and LS Productions, Inc., each an oil and gas firm during the period 1987 – 2002. Mr. Lewis also served as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Investor Services, Inc., an investment company during the years 1987 – 2001. Mr. Lewis obtained a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Pentecostal Bible Institute.

STEPHEN M. DRURY has served as a director and our President since inception. Since 2006, Mr. Drury has served as President of the Foundation and has served as Director of Stewardship for UPCI since 2002. Mr. Drury has also served as Chairman for the Church Aflame Institute, and as Director for Institutional Advancement at Urshan Graduate School of Theology, in each instance, a UPCI affiliated organization. Mr. Drury also serves on our Executive Committee, Loan Committee and Loan Delinquency Committee. Mr. Drury received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Apostolic Bible Institute.

Randall K. BartonRANDALL K. BARTON has served as the Vice President of our Board of Directors since his election on July 7, 2011. Mr. Barton has also served as a legal Consultant for the United Pentecostal Foundation since its inception in 2006 and the United Pentecostal Church Loan Fund since its inception in 2011. Mr. Barton is a senior executive, exempt organization advisor, development professional and attorney with over 30 years experience is strategic leadership advising and growing healthy, profitable organizations. Mr. Barton has served on city and community council as well as serving as mayor. He has substantial experience chairing, serving and consulting to Board of Directors of local, national, and international organizations. He is a specialist in non-profit organizations, estate planning, business entities and charitable planning. Mr. Barton’s Professional Experience includes currently serving as Strategic Consultant for Volente Capital Consulting and Legal Advisory Services. He was the Founding President for the AG Foundation as well as Foundation Executive, Founder and Sr. Vice President for Advancement at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. Mr. Barton holds a BS in Mathematics-Engineering from Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence-Law from the University Of Idaho College Of Law.

THOMAS S. RUSSELL has served as a director and our Secretary since our inception. Mr. Russell serves on our Loan Committee and Loan Delinquency Committee. Effective as of May 31, 2012, Mr. Russell, pursuant to an Order Approving Limited Agent Registration, was approved by the State of Arkansas to act as the Fund’s sales agent for its Certificates in the State of Arkansas. Mr. Russell served as an attorney and marketing representative for CUSO Partners, LLC, a SEC registered broker dealer firm that serves credit unions and credit union trade associations. Mr. Russell has extensive experience in the securities business, having served as securities principal and founder of Solidarity Investments, Inc., a registered broker dealer. Beginning in 2006, Mr. Russell served eight years as a member of the supervisory committee of Arkansas Federal Credit Union in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Mr. Russell holds a B. S. degree from Arkansas State University, a MBA degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas. Mr. Russell is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Arkansas (#81139) and the State Bar of Texas (#24088975). Mr. Russell’s term expires in 2017.

LINCOLN A. GRAHAM, JR. has served as a director and our Treasurer since inception and also serves on our Loan Committee and Loan Delinquency Committee. Mr. Graham served as Assistant Vice President in the Derivative M.A.B.S. Unit for State Street Bank & Trust Co., N.A. from 1998 – 2003, as Assistant Treasurer for The Bank of New York in the Corporate Derivatives Group and as Senior Corporate Trust Administrator from 1993 – 1998 for the Chase Manhattan Bank, Institutional Trust Group. Mr. Graham received his B.A. in English from Queens College and attended New York Law School.

J.P. ROSE has served as a director since inception and also serves on our Loan Committee and Loan Delinquency Committee. Mr. Rose has served as Commercial Lending Officer and Branch President in the banking industry for over 17 years; the past 2 years with Independent Bank as Commercial Lender and Branch President, 2 years as Senior Financial Consultant with Executive Strategies, Senior Vice President Lending with Prosperity Bank, Vice President Nonprofit Lending with Amegy Bank, and 10 years Vice President Commercial Lending with Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Rose received his B.S. degree in Financial Institution Management from the University of Houston in 1991. 

James E. CarneyJAMES E. CARNEY has served as a director since inception and also serves on our Loan Committee and our Loan Delinquency Committee. Reverend Carney is the Bishop of Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church in Columbia, Mississippi, where he has served since 1986. He has also served on the Mississippi District Board of the UPCI since 2008.  Reverend Carney is presently Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Tupelo Children’s Mansion and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Ranch for Boys. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Gateway College of Evangelism, as a cost analyst for International Paper Company and as General Manager and Secretary/Treasurer for T.L. Wallace Construction, Inc. Reverend Carney holds an Associate in Business degree from SW Junior College and a B.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  

SUSANNA L. DRURY has served as our Assistant Secretary since inception. She also serves as the Office Manager for the UPCI Stewardship Department, and is in charge of Investor Relations for the Fund.  As part of her duties, Susanna also handles administration and accounting related tasks for the Foundation. Prior to joining the UPCI Stewardship Department, Susanna handled billing, accounting and project related tasks for medical service providers, a law firm, a graphic design company and a not-for-profit children’s ministry. Susanna received an Associates degree from Itawamba Community College.

DUANE F. GOBLE has served as the Fund’s Assistant Treasurer since inception. Mr. Goble currently serves as the Director of Finance for UPCI, a position he has held since 1996. Mr. Goble also serves as Audit Manager for UPCI and has held various finance, information technology and related positions with UPCI since 1974. Mr. Goble holds a B.S. degree from Indiana State University.