Meet Golden Cross Board Member Charles Hewgley

By Cindy Solomon

The Golden Cross Foundation (GCF) is blessed to have a committed, caring, and experienced board. We thought you might like to know a little bit about each of these talented individuals. To start the series, we begin at the top with Charles Hewgley, chair of the Golden Cross Foundation's board.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I was born on an Army base in Virginia during World War II. I grew up in Arkansas and came to Nashville to attend college. I never left Nashville. My career included serving in the U.S. Navy, active and reserve, until I retired. I also worked in state government during and after my time in the Navy. After retiring from the state, I entered the private sector and worked for a multi-state healthcare organization that serves older persons. My area of specialization involved in-home services for elderly clients.

Q: How many years have you served as a Golden Cross Foundation board member?
A: I have served since 2015.

Q: Why are you involved in ministry with older people via serving on the Golden Cross Foundation board?
A: My professional career has been in the field of aging, both in the government and private sector. I enjoy working to help create, support, maintain, and enhance programs and activities that allow persons to enjoy life as they become older.

Q: How has God blessed you while serving on the board?
A: I feel blessed to work with highly-qualified and devoted individuals who share my passion for creating and supporting activities to benefit others. I enjoy when the GCF can work with smaller churches to grow their ability to provide worship experiences for their aging members, especially during this time of limited gatherings.

Q: What hopes or dreams do you have for the Golden Cross Foundation over the next year? In the next few years?
A: I hope that GCF can continue to grow and expand our capacity to serve UMC churches and their elderly congregants.

Q: What’s one little known fact about you?
A: I grew up in a small, rural town in the South that, in 1927, my grandparents helped found and charter as a city with two other couples from the town’s first Methodist church (of which they also were co-founders).