Press Release: Wespath Announces 2019 Calkins and Lee Award Recipients

February 5, 2019


For Immediate Release

Contact: Lisa Drew, Managing Director, Communications
(847) 866-4111 or

Glenview, IL—Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) conferred two distinguished leadership awards during its recent board of directors’ meeting to Karen Fullerton and to Reverend Dr. Karl Stegall.

The awards were presented by Wespath Board Life and Governance Committee Chairperson, Reverend Dr. Gray Southern and General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain.

The Charles L. Calkins Award—Karen Fullerton
Established in 1988, the Charles L. Calkins Award recognizes an annual conference pension and health benefits administrator who, in partnership with Wespath, has provided exceptional service in the administration of pension and health benefits within The United Methodist Church. The Charles L. Calkins Award is named for Charles L. Calkins who served Wespath as Associate Secretary from 1938 to 1952 and as Executive/General Secretary from 1952 to 1964.

Karen Fullerton was named the recipient of the 2019 Charles L. Calkins Award. Karen was recognized for her years of dedicated service and partnership as the Conference Benefit Officer of the North Georgia Conference.

The Clay F. Lee Award—Reverend Dr. Karl Stegall
Established in 1999, the Clay F. Lee Award recognizes former directors of Wespath who have given exemplary service and visionary leadership in caring for the pension and health benefit needs of The United Methodist Church. The Clay F. Lee Award is named for Bishop Clay F. Lee who served Wespath as a member from 1980 to 1988 and as president from 1992 to 1996.

The Reverend Dr. Karl Stegall, Alabama-West Florida Conference, was honored as the 2019 recipient of the Clay F. Lee Award for his leadership and service. Dr. Stegall served as a Director with the Wespath Board of Directors from 1996 through 2008.

Pictured from Left to Right: Wespath Board Life and Governance Committee Chairperson Reverend Dr. Gray Southern, Wespath General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain, Reverend Dr. Karl Stegall, Karen Fullerton, and Wespath Board Chair Bishop Robert Schnase.


About Wespath Benefits and Investments
Wespath Benefits and Investments (WBI) is a not-for-profit agency that has been serving The United Methodist Church (UMC) for over a century. In accordance with its fiduciary duties, WBI administers benefit plans and, together with its subsidiaries, including Wespath Institutional Investments, invests over $21 billion in assets on behalf of over 100,000 participants and over 130 United Methodist-affiliated institutions (as of December 31, 2018). WBI invests in a sustainable manner that seeks to achieve positive financial, social and environmental impact while upholding the values of the UMC. WBI maintains the largest reporting faith-based pension fund in the world. For additional information about Wespath Benefits and Investments, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.



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