Mathew Pinson Elected President/CEO of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation


The Georgia United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Mathew Pinson as the Foundation’s next president and CEO, effective July 1, 2021. Pinson will succeed Rev. Keith E. Lawder, who is retiring after serving as the Foundation’s president since 2016.

GUMF Search Committee Chair Kathryn Dennis said of Pinson’s selection, “We selected Mathew after conducting an extensive nationwide search. He brings great talents and a strong vision to lead the Foundation in the challenging years ahead. We are delighted he has accepted the challenge!”

Pinson responded, “I believe the Georgia United Methodist Foundation has an exceptional opportunity to provide leadership and resources for Methodists across the state. We have great potential to convene strong partners to advance the Foundation’s mission further—from our existing programs to developing new opportunities.

The way the Foundation directly supports individuals, congregations, and organizations is inspiring. I look forward to joining a strong team of board members and staff at the Foundation as we seek to serve as a leading financial partner by providing faith-based solutions for investing, lending, training, and planned giving.”

Pinson has served Emory University in various roles for nearly 14 years. He currently serves as assistant vice president and chief of staff to the senior vice president for advancement and alumni engagement. This division supports the university and health sciences programs (including Emory Healthcare). Previously, Pinson served as associate dean of development and alumni relations at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Pinson is passionate about serving The United Methodist Church. He has served on the Board of Directors of Wespath Benefits and Investments and the General Council on Finance and Administration; served as a delegate to six General Conferences and five Jurisdictional Conferences; chaired the North Georgia delegation and served as Conference Lay Leader for the North Georgia Conference. A native of Newnan, Georgia, Pinson is a graduate of Reinhardt University. Before his work at Emory, Pinson served as director of development at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Pinson is married to the Rev. Susan Pinson, senior associate pastor at Glenn Memorial UMC. They have a daughter and a son.