Our Impact

In 2030, the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church will be home to 600,000+ adults over the age of 65. This is an increase of 24 percent from today’s population.

Like no other time in history, this emerging population trend of midlife and mature adults is providing local churches with a unique opportunity to reach out and minister to and through older adults.

Through your financial support, the Golden Cross Foundation is expanding older adult ministry throughout the conference, creating opportunities for spiritual fellowship.

In addition to supporting the spiritual life of older adults in the conference, the Golden Cross Foundation maintains a focus on four main areas of concern: nutrition, transportation, health care, and housing.

Centertown United Methodist Church
Centertown (Tennessee) United Methodist Church received a second grant for $3,000 from the Golden Cross Foundation, a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. Money from this grant was used to purchase a storage unit for non-perishable items for the church’s weekly food ministry program.
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Open Table Nashville
Open Table Nashville (OTN) received a grant for $60,000 from the Golden Cross Foundation, a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. Money from this grant is being used to build two of the 22 micro homes at The Village of Glencliff located on the grounds of Glencliff United Methodist Church (UMC) in Nashville. Each Golden Cross Foundation micro home is earmarked for older adults experiencing homelessness.
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Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church
Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, received a $8,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. Money from the grant is used to supplement programming, meals, transportation, and everyday necessities to senior adults attending the church’s weekly Best Years Club.
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New Providence UMC Receives $10,000 Grant to Retrofit Parsonage to House Older Adults
New Providence United Methodist Church, in Clarksville, Tennessee, received a $10,000 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant is being used to help retrofit a parsonage on the church’s property that, when complete, will house low-income older adults.
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Counseling Center at Belle Meade UMC Receives Grants to Supplement Counseling Fees
Since its launch in 2017, the Counseling Center at Nashville’s Belle Meade United Methodist Church has served more than 30 individuals and couples aged 65 and over, about 15 percent of all clients served, in 240 counseling sessions. The center was created to provide a place on the west side of Nashville—Belle Meade, West Meade, Bellevue—for professional pastoral counseling.
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Homestead UMC Receives Grant to Improve Church’s Accessibility
Homestead United Methodist Church in Crossville, Tennessee, received a $2,529.75 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant was used to finish repairing a broken lift in the church’s three-story structure.
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