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The Foundation of the Great Lakes Conference of the Churches of God was created.

In the fall of 1995 and into 1996 the Ohio Conference of the Churches of God, who owned Winebrenner Village, began to work with the Board of Trustees of Winebrenner Village to look at ways to expand the facilities for more effective service and a better financial picture for the Village. At the same time government regulations were becoming more cumbersome on this type of facility, which requires more attention than the Ohio Conference felt they could contribute. At this point in time the Winebrenner Village Board of Trustees was made up of both Ohio Conference representatives and community trustees, who were not members of the Churches of God. The Board of Trustees of Winebrenner Village was approached by Blanchard Valley Health Association to explore with them ways in which we could serve the community in a more cooperative or partnership ministry.

In February of 1996 the Executive Board of the Ohio Conference of the Churches of God appointed members to a task force to study this proposed joint venture between Winebrenner Village and Blanchard Valley Health Association. Members of the task force was Dr. C. Darrell Prichard, Ohio Conference Administrator, Pastor Larry White, President of the Ohio Conference, Pastor Richard Van Horn, Vice President of the Ohio Conference and two other members. This group, along with the Trustees of Winebrenner, met with representatives of Blanchard Valley Health Association. Meetings and discussions were in process for approximately one year. In February of 1997 the Conference and Winebrenner trustees came up with several options for the Conference and Winebrenner Village that they search for another hospital that might be interested in purchasing Winebrenner Village or search for a joint venture partner other than Blanchard Valley Health Association. In March 1997 the Executive Board of the Ohio Conference of the Churches of God received a letter from Blanchard Valley Health Association that they were interested in purchasing Winebrenner Village. In April 1997, through negotiations between Ohio Conference, Winebrenner Village and Blanchard Valley Health Associations and the Executive Board of the Ohio Conference of the Churches of God voted unanimously to the sale of Winebrenner Village to Blanchard Valley. The purchase price was $6,553,099.07 plus Blanchard Valley Health Association would pay off existing and outstanding Bank loans and establish a Chaplaincy Program to become part of the health care system of Blanchard Valley Health Association. The Executive Board of the Ohio Conference had to have the approval of the Ohio Conference in session in June 1997. The Executive Board voted to establish The Foundation of the Ohio Conference of the Churches of God to receive funds from the sale of Winebrenner Village. On June 13, 1997 the Ohio Conference of the Churches of God in session voted on the sale of Winebrenner Village to Blanchard Valley Health Association of Findlay, OH, along with a resolution to establish The Foundation of the Ohio Conference to manage the funds from the sale of Winebrenner Village.

In May of 1998 the Officers of The Foundation were introduced to the Executive Board by the President of Ohio Conference Pastor Larry White. The members of The Foundation Board of Trustees were, Mr. Collin J. Bryan of Celina, Ohio, Mrs. Martha Cunningham of Findlay, Ohio, Dr. C. Darrell Prichard, Administrator of the Ohio Conference, Findlay, Ohio, Mr. Robert E. Stephenson of Findlay, OH, Pastor Richard R VanHorn, Pastor of Celina First Church of God, Celina, OH, Pastor Larry White of College First Church of God, Findlay, OH and Dr. Richard E. Wilkin, Retired Pastor/Administrator of the Churches of God, Findlay, OH.

First Grants made by The Foundation were made in the year 1999.  Since that time The Foundation has been managed very successfully by a Board of Directors.  There have been many Directors who have served on the Board very effectively, through the years.  They have been and are a very dedicated group of talented persons from various backgrounds.  The Foundation has been very blessed by their knowledge, wisdom and successful careers.

God has blessed The Foundation of the Great Lakes Conference of the Churches of God, General Conference since its beginning in growth and ministry to Churches, Agencies and the Executive Board of the Great Lakes Conference.

Praise God from whom all Blessings Flow!

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