Marking a Milestone in Ministry

Have you noticed? We seem predisposed to mark milestone anniversaries, those reverent points on a timeline that cause us to pause and reflect.

We honor institutions established 25 years or longer; we gather to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary; we notify the newspaper when Grandma turns 100. We do these things because these magnificent milestones mark progress and celebrate longevity.

GuideStone® marks 100 years of ministry in 2018 — giving us a cause for celebration!

From 1918 to 2018

Think about the changes from 1918 to 2018.

In 1918, telegraphs were still widely used to send news. Every town in America had a newspaper and “breaking news” was signaled by the printing of an “Extra” edition sold on street corners. Today, breaking news is delivered immediately to our mobile devices. In 1918, letters delivered via a slow but reliable postal service was the means to communicate over long distances. One hundred years later, video chats can connect us almost instantly to people across town or across the world.

Transportation was different. In 1918, street cars and trains moved people and goods. While grand interstates today crisscross our nation —and driverless cars are being tested and deployed on our streets —the road network in the beginning of the 20th Century was much different. Open road and intercity travel were much more treacherous, even for the most intrepid travelers.

It was in such a time that Lunsford noted the need for a ministry that would care for the “old soldiers of the cross” — pastors who had reached retirement age with little or no resources, having served small country churches for meager wages throughout their ministry. Armed with this God-given conviction and vision, Lunsford presented his appeal to Southern Baptist leaders, first in Nashville, and then beyond. One of his supporters opined that the board Lunsford would create would be like a tree that would be watered and cared for by successive generations.

We are the caretakers of that board — that grand tree, as Dr. James Bruton Gambrell, president of the Southern Baptist Convention envisioned in 1920. Today, GuideStone serves as a place of rest for nearly 250,000 pastors, missionaries and other church workers.

We believe this board, led by generations of faithful servants, has built upon Lunsford's legacy and is striving to build a similar legacy for the men and women who come after us.

It is our great privilege to steward this remarkable and, we trust, God-honoring ministry into its next century of service.

Sincerely,


Dr. O.S. Hawkins

President — Chief Executive Officer

GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention®

1997-Present

GuideStone History

J.B. Gambrell calls to order the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities.

1918

William Lunsford is chosen as the Board’s first executive secretary.

1918

WWI ends with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

1919

Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Sr. releases 1,000 shares of preferred stock of the Atlantic Refining Company of Philadelphia to the Ministerial Relief and Annuity Board.

1920

Name changes to Relief and Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

1920

President Warren G. Harding becomes the first president heard on the radio.

1922

RCA founds the first major television network, NBC.

1926

Charles Lindbergh is first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1927

Thomas J. Watts succeeds Lunsford as Relief and Annuity Board president.

1927

The stock market crashes, beginning the Great Depression.

1929

Relief and Annuity Board never misses a retirement benefit payment during the Great Depression.

1930

The United States enters WWII following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

1941

WWII ends with the Allies forming the United Nations.

1945

Billy Graham holds his first crusade in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

1947

Relief and Annuity Board offers benefit to assist widows.

1947

Walter R. Alexander succeeds Watts as Relief and Annuity Board president.

1947

Polaroid® sells its first camera.

1948

Supreme Court rules segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional in the case of Brown v. Board of Education.

1954

Government allows ministers to opt into Social Security.

1955

R. Alton Reed succeeds Alexander as Relief and Annuity Board president.

1955

Relief and Annuity Board office moves to 511 N. Akard St., Dallas, Texas.

1959

Dropping “Relief and”, our name changes to the “Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.”

1961

Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space.

1961

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers “I Have a Dream” speech.

1963

World reacts to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1963

Congress enacts the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1964

Annuity Board approves sending “the 13th check.”

1966

American Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

1969

Darold H. Morgan succeeds Reed as Annuity Board president.

1972

Board expands relief efforts with creation of Adopt an Annuitant ministry.

1981

World witnesses the Challenger tragedy on live television.

1986

Annuity Board office moves to 2401 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas.

1989

The Berlin Wall falls, signaling the end of the Cold War.

1989

Paul W. Powell succeeds Morgan as Annuity Board president.

1990

The Board launches its first website homepage.

mid-1990s

Dr. O.S. Hawkins succeeds Powell as Annuity Board president.

1997

The Board registers its first mutual funds under AB Funds Trust.

2001

Terrorists attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

2001

Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention changes name to GuideStone® and expands services to additional evangelical entities.

2004

AB Funds Trust changes name to GuideStone Funds®.

2005

Apple unveils the iPhone®.

2007

Adopt an Annuitant changes name to Mission:Dignity®.

2008

Global financial crisis hurts governments, businesses and investors.

2008

World population reaches 7 billion.

2011

GuideStone enters strategic alliance with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company.

2012

GuideStone Funds wins 2012 Lipper Award for Best Overall Small Fund Group in the U.S.

2012

GuideStone celebrates 100 years of service and its mission of being a lifelong partner with participants in enhancing their financial security.

2018

GuideStone office moves to Pinnacle Tower, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Ste. 2200, Dallas, Texas.

2018