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Our Staff

Our Staff

Ehren Congdon, 

President

Ehren Congdon, Foundation Investment Management’s President, came to the organization in 2016 with a desire to use his knowledge and skills to serve a higher mission. Previously, Ehren spent fourteen years as a Financial Planner, working with businesses, colleges, universities, and many individuals.  His goal was always to help his clients make the right decisions about their money. 

 

Ehren believes that the Foundations and Agencies of the United Methodist Church are essential to the church and is proud to serve them.

 

Ehren centers his investment management philosophy in the fundamentals of an efficient market but also knows that we need to be good stewards of the gifts we have been given.  This is the reason why he works with each group - to make sure that their investment portfolio accurately reflects their goals.

 

Ehren lives in Nashville with his wife Caitlin and three children.  He is a member of McKendree United Methodist Church and serves on the Staff Parish Relations Committee.  Ehren was also a member of the Tennessee State Board of Economics and Finance.  

 

He attended the Boston University Institute of Finance, where he completed the Certified Financial Planner program and completed his undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University.

Elizabeth Redding, Director of Treasury & Investment Management

Elizabeth Redding has worked with the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) since 2005 and currently serves as the Director of Treasury and Investment Management.  She is the investment and treasury manager for GCFA and the accounting and finance specialist for Foundation Investment Management (FIM).

 

Elizabeth and her staff work to review market trends, provide analysis on investment strategies, and help set the investment policies for both organizations.  Her work puts her in daily contact with banks, investment firms, foundations, and other financial organizations to augment investment strategies that generate returns to fund ministries. 

 

Elizabeth obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, and continued her education in accounting and finance while living in Iowa.  Although she is a native to Nashville, TN, Elizabeth lived in the Midwest and overseas before returning to her permanent home in Nashville.  She enjoys hiking, camping, art of all kinds, music, and spending time with her family, especially her two daughters, Rosalie and Arianwyn.

Evan Dawoud, Senior Accountant & Investment Liaison 

Evan Dawoud is a Senior Accountant for the General Council on Finance and Administration and Foundation Investment Management.  She is responsible for finance and accounting work related to investments and FIM participants and is a customer liaison for both GCFA and FIM.  She works closely with the FIM President, the Director of Treasury and Investment Management, and the FIM investment managers, to provide meaningful support to all customers.

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Evan is from Cairo, Egypt, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education and Mathematics.  After becoming a United States citizen over 20 years ago, she continued her education and professional experience by earning a second Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and working for local UMC non-profits.  Evan is an active member of her church and spends much of her free time working with her family, and working with her church.