Stewardship and Trust Services Director Ray Hartwell Retires, Nicole Toledo Appointed New Director
After more than 43 years of ministry, Ray Hartwell, Georgia-Cumberland Conference stewardship and trust services director, retired at the end of 2023. He also served as association secretary.
Since 2017, Hartwell has led the Conference’s Stewardship and Planned Giving and Trust Services ministries, making these among the best in the North American Division, said Kurt Allen, Conference treasurer. “The planned giving and trust services program is recognized as a flagship program where many individuals each year come to receive their certification internship.”
Hartwell first worked in Georgia- Cumberland as a student literature evangelist during the summer of 1976. Since then, he has served in many capacities in multiple conferences, including as pastor, ministerial director, and conference administrator.
As stewardship and trust services director, Hartwell has assisted churches in fundraising for capital campaigns, supported pastors in teaching stewardship, and assisted members with preparing their estate plans. “I am thankful for the generosity of God’s people,” said Hartwell. He also credits “the great team of workers in our Planned Giving and Trust Services Ministry/Department.”
Nicole Toledo, one of the department’s field services representatives, has been chosen to become the new stewardship and trust services director.
Allen said that since she joined the Conference team, “As a bilingual female professional in the Planned Giving and Trust Services Department, [Toledo] has been able to minister to members in ways that we previously could not.”
“I’m excited to be a small part of the work that God is doing in the Georgia- Cumberland Conference in these last days, so that we can go home with our Lord very soon,” said Toledo.
Georgia-Cumberland | January 2024