We help individuals, churches, and agencies grow and sustain the ministries that are central to our Moravian faith.
- Trust: honesty, integrity, and transparency in everything we do.
- Christian Service: commitment to practices that share God’s love with others.
- Impact: dedication to delivering meaningful results.
- Stewardship: developing, managing, and sharing gifts of time, talent, treasure and testimony.
- Partnership: leveraging talents and building relationships while connecting tools and resources.
Moravian Ministries Foundation History
Before 1997 the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America operated two independent planned giving programs. The Rev. Gene Glasser led the Northern Province’s effort and Dick Gillett led the Southern Province’s program.
In 1998 the Synods of the Northern and Southern Provinces authorized the formation of the Moravian Ministries Foundation, which replaced the two planned giving programs. The decision to create the Foundation was rooted in the beliefs that it would result in:
- A wiser use of both Provinces’ resources, and
- A more effective voice to speak to Moravians about planned giving and other services that would foster personal and institutional (churches and ministries) stewardship.
As of December 31, 2022 Moravians have $176,936,310 under investment through MMFA. These assets represent your collective endowments, trusts, scholarship funds, donor advised funds, gift annuities, pensions, and various other investment accounts — all invested for the glory and advancement of the kingdom of our Chief Elder, Jesus Christ.
MMFA oversaw $12,102,997 in distributions for 2022, represented by the pie chart at right.
MMFA-controlled funds distributed $1,189,374 in 2022. This included the following field of interest fund distributions:
- Hunger & Thirst, $529,945
- Healing & Health, $6,100
- Housing & Shelter, $6,000
- Prison Ministry, $4,000
- Racial Awareness, Equity & Reconciliation, $4,000
- Environmental Stewardship, $2,500
- Clothing, $1,950
Our Strategy - MMFA 2023
Our one, three, and five year strategy for Moravian Ministries Foundation in America is built around four key goals:
- Increase the awareness and impact of MMFA in the Moravian Church – Communicate who we are and what we do and build relationships across the Moravian community
- Be the preferred partner for money management, stewardship development, and charitable planning – Help those we serve define and achieve their goals by engaging them in impactful initiatives while providing the highest level of personalized service.
- Be a learning organization – Increase our effectiveness through listening and discernment, leveraging industry best practices, and exploring innovative solutions.
- Engage 100% of MMFA’s trustees and shareholders in actively supporting our work – Our trustees’ and shareholders’ support is critical to MMFA’s success. In order to achieve our mission and uphold our core values, MMFA must be led by a board that demonstrates leadership, advocacy, and best-in-class governance.
Chris Spaugh, President
Chris joined the Moravian Ministries Foundation on June 1, 2017. A lifelong resident of North Carolina, Chris spent 22 years in increasing positions of responsibility at Wells Fargo Bank NA, and its predecessor, Wachovia Bank. He is a passionate leader of relationship-driven philanthropy in the areas of charitable giving and financial solutions. Chris has vast experience with visionary leadership, staff management, nonprofit governance, financial management/oversight, client service, partnership-building and strategic planning.
When Chris is away from the office he enjoys spending time with his wife Kelli and their four children on their small, family farm. Chris also volunteers his time with his church and Boy Scouts of America in multiple areas.
Laura Watson, Vice President/Director of Programs
Laura joined the Foundation in April of 2012. A native of Winston-Salem and member of Home Moravian Church, she has worked in the Florida school system, at Salem College, and as Assistant Director of Laurel Ridge, the Southern Province’s camp and conference center.
When she’s not busy with stewardship for the Foundation, Laura enjoys running and fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as well as traveling with her husband, Mark. She has served on the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees, the Salem Academy Alumnae Board, and the Triad JDRF Board of Directors.
Valerie Davis Kiger, CPA, Director of Finance
Valerie joined our team in January 2022. She’s responsible for MMFA’s financial and operational effectiveness, leading strategic and work planning processes, and directly managing finance, administration, investments, and information technology.
Valerie has more than 20 years’ experience in audit, tax, and financial management within the contexts of manufacturing, non-profit, government, construction, and healthcare. She was most recently an Audit Partner with Cannon & Company, LLP. She also previously served as the Controller for Davie Construction Co. and Tax Manager at Bernard Robinson & Co., LLP.
Valerie holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Catawba College. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, and two daughters, Emma and Noelle.
Libby Davis, Administrative Accountant
North Carolina native Libby Pike Davis joined the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America in August 2020 as Administrative Accountant. She’s a lifelong, ninth-generation Moravian from the oldest congregation in the Southern Province, Bethabara Moravian Church. She has been Treasurer for Bethabara since June 2010. When she is not working for the Foundation or her congregation, Libby is also Senior Tax Analyst at H & R Block in Clemmons, NC.
Libby studied accounting at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem. She has a son, Ryan, who lives in Gastonia, NC with his wife, Jaime and six children; a daughter, Sara, who lives in Durham, NC with her husband, Ashton. Libby and her husband, Chip live in Winston-Salem, NC and enjoy spending time with family and working in their vegetable garden.
Catherine Wolfe, Database Administrator
Catherine joined the Foundation in January 2019. A native of Winston-Salem, she was previously employed at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Wake Forest University.
When she is not working for you at the Foundation, Catherine enjoys the arts, being in nature, and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew, her two daughters Hannah and Hallie, and her dog Bella.
Vince Holbrook, Director of Communication and Marketing
Vince Holbrook became Director of Communication and Marketing in November 2017. He’s a career communications, marketing, and project management professional who spent significant time with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Texas Instruments, American Tire Distributors, and Forsyth Technical Community College. Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY as well as a Master of Arts degree in Applied Communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Vince is a member of First Moravian Church in Greensboro, NC. He enjoys time with his wife, Susan, and two adult sons.
Davenport, North Dakota
Clemmons, North Carolina
Congregation: New Philadelphia
Larry Johnson, Treasurer
Staten Island, New York
Congregation: Castleton Hill
Keith Kapp, Esq.
Raleigh, North Carolina
William W. Matz, Jr., Esq.,
Congregation: East Hills
Lake Mills, WI
Congregation: Lake Mills
Congregation: Prince of Peace
Gail Theard, Secretary
Mt. Airy, NC
The Rev. Virginia Tobiassen
PEC, Northern Province
Brent Waddell, Chair
Christopher W. Spaugh, President
Winston-Salem, North Carolina