Meet our Staff

Meet our Staff

Stephen ClarkRev. Stephen B. Clark

President

As President of the Foundation, my role is to guide the Foundation in its mission to strengthen ministries across the Virginia Conference. Thus, I am frequently on the road consulting with local church and district leaders about how they may steward potential to build His kingdom. I oversee the day-to-day operations of the staff, interface with various conference leadership and work with the Foundation Board to achieve our mission through our development, educational, consulting and financial services ministry.

I joined The Virginia United Methodist Foundation in June 2013, as Gift Planning Officer, and was elected President in May 2014.   I also serve as President/CEO of our wholly owned subsidiary, the Virginia United Methodist Development Company, LLC.

After graduating from Houghton College in upstate NY with a BS in Ministerial Studies in May 1973, I followed in my father’s footsteps and was ordained to serve as a pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. For the past 30 years, I have worked with several faith-based non-profit organizations in leadership roles, specializing in legacy planning. I have worked as a generosity coach with numerous private donors in crafting family legacy plans to fund charitable purposes. Prior to coming to The Foundation, I served as the Director of Gift Planning for Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Wycliffe Foundation in Orlando, FL. I have pursued graduate studies in planned giving at the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy, the National Planned Giving Institute at the College of William and Mary, the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA and various continuing education credits in planned giving with Crescendo Interactive.

My wife, Paula, and I live in Glen Allen, VA and have been married over 40 years. We have two children and six grandchildren.

My life mission is to enable and equip Christian stewards to endow ministry through gift planning and donor development – and thereby, to bring back the King. My heart is passionate about planning well and managing well to endow lasting ministries into the future!

Ted SotoTed Soto

Vice President/Investing & Stewardship Development

Ted joined the Virginia United Methodist Foundation in November 2015 as Vice President/Investing and Stewardship Development. He is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) where he earned a BA in Mathematics and Economics. He is also a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program and earned a Master’s Degree in Multinational Management from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Ted spent 15 years with General Electric in their aircraft engine, medical systems, large steam turbine generator and carboloy divisions in financial management assignments throughout the US and in Taiwan. He left GE to move into law firm management and served as Executive Director or COO of several law firms in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia. In 2004, he moved to Richmond to become the Chief Administrative Officer of the Legal Division of Wachovia Securities. In his travels, he has chaired or served on numerous church Finance Committees. He also served for 8 years as Board Member and Treasurer of the Virginia Repertory Theatre.

Although none of his family ever lived in Wisconsin, Ted is a lifelong (diehard) Badger and Packer fan. As a child, if asked who he would marry, he would indicate that he didn’t know, but that it would be a nurse from Wisconsin. He has been married for 32 years to Pam, a nurse from Milwaukee! Lydia, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel runs their home.

Ted’s passion in life is helping people and churches make better use of their financial gifts through strategic planning, improved investment performance and cost reductions. He looks forward to serving the conference and expanding our ministry.

Randolph R SheltonRandolph R. Shelton

Vice President Lending & Capital Development

Prior to serving in my new position as Lending Relationship Manager at Virginia United Methodist Church Development Company, LLC, I was involved in banking and lending for the previous 40 years.
My working career includes President and CEO, REDC Community Capital Group, Inc; Senior Vice President and COO with Consolidated Bank & Trust Company, Inc. (now Premier Bank); Vice President and Manager, Commercial Lending and Government Loan Center, Signet Bank (now Wells Fargo); Maritz Inc./General Motors, Inc., Facilitator/Consultant; Virginia Commonwealth University, Adjunct Professor, Corporate Finance, School of Business.

Since 2004, I have served as an adjunct professor in the School of Business, at Virginia Commonwealth University. During this time, I have taught Finance #311 and other related courses. I recognize the importance of teaching and preparing students to lead successful careers and lives as professionals in Corporate America.

I am a native of Richmond, Virginia and earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication theory at University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business management, Virginia Commonwealth University. Presently, I have three adult children and two grandkids.

I have been a member of Chicago Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia since being baptized at an early age of 15 years. Presently, I represent the church, serving as trustee, finance chairman, and budget chairman while working to build God’s Kingdom. I truly believe that “Whatever you do in life, you must put God first” He’s the head of my life and deserves all the praise. Working at the Virginia UMC Development Co. has afforded me the opportunity to continue my vision of giving back to the community and embracing the mission of the organization: “Stewarding Potential to build His kingdom!”

Norma PalamarchuckNorma Palamarchuck

Executive Assistant

Norma joined the Virginia United Methodist Foundation in May 2014 after retiring from a career as a U.S. Navy cryptologist. During her career, she was an instructor for The National Security Agency where she qualified as an adjunct faculty, instructor, curriculum developer, and curriculum manager. She also served as a Navy drill sergeant, and an analyst in communication, signals, and all-source intelligence. She graduated from 2 military intelligence schools, and held collateral duties as a Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor, Sexual Assault and Victim Intervention Representative, Command Assistant Casualty Officer, and Command Fitness Leader. She is trained in concepts of operations and total quality management.

Norma is a deployable member of Hanover County Community Emergency Response Team, actively mentors three Sailors, and participates in her church’s worship band.

She lives with her daughter and their two adopted cats in Mechanicsville, Virginia where Norma’s parents have lived for over 40 years. They actively attend The Bridge Assembly of God in Mechanicsville, VA.

Tricia Louque

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Tricia joined the Virginia United Methodist Foundation in June 2017. Over the last ten years, she has professionally worked within a variety of industries including politics and government, healthcare administration, sales, real estate, and nonprofit development. Having achieved a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration in 2009, as well as extensive experience in graphic design, marketing strategy and public relations, Tricia has developed and grown a successful consulting and design business over the last 5 years. However, her passion to better serve the Lord has guided her towards a new direction. She looks forward to working with the Virginia United Methodist Foundation and enhancing the organization’s mission of “Stewarding potential to build His Kingdom!”

Tricia is the proud mother of two children, three dogs and five horses. She resides in Troutville, VA on a 125 acre farm where she witnesses the beauty of God’s creation each day.