The John Wesley Legacy Society

Ralph L. Kendall lived a life of service and left a legacy of devotion to family, charity, and community investment. He grew up in Winchester, OH and never forgot the lessons he learned at the side of his father, Wilmer, and mother, Mary, who were both active in Winchester UMC. In fact, Ralph grew up surrounded by at least three generations of the Kendall family in the pews with him each Sunday including his maternal and paternal grandparents. Before his passing, Ralph asked his daughters, Karen, Joy, and Cheryl if they would help him establish an endowment at the Foundation to benefit Winchester UMC.

The Kendall Family’s decision to leave a legacy through the Foundation is just one example of the kind of sacrificial giving typical of members of the John Wesley Legacy Society.

Members of this group have indicated to the Foundation that they plan to remember the West Ohio Conference or its missions, ministries, or churches, as a beneficiary of any of the following estate planning vehicles: 

  • An endowment, 
  • a will or estate plan,
  • a trust,
  • a life insurance policy, 
  • a charitable lead trust,
  • a Donor Advised Fund,
  • a retirement fund; or
  • a life-income gift (Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Gift Annuity). 

Members of the John Wesley Legacy Society will be listed in the Foundation annual report and receive special recognition and invitations throughout the year. 

Recently, confirmed and suspected John Wesley Legacy Society members received a letter welcoming them to the group. If you believe you should be included among the members, please contact the Foundation office, and speak to Maddy O’Malley at 614-505-3472 or at momalley [at] We will request some additional information for our records, including documentation of your planned gift.