April 02, 2013
The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has announced that Terry Wiggin of Southbridge, Mass., has joined the agency as Chief Financial Officer. Wiggin has begun work in this new position at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill, according to Jim Winkler, GBCS chief executive who announced his hiring.
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) manages all aspects of GBCS’s finances. The CFO assists GBCS’s chief executive and Board of Directors in fiscal management of budgets, property, investments, business administration, and implementation and adherence to policies consistent with set goals and objectives.
Among the CFO’s responsibilities are to monitor GBCS’s investments and provide asset-management oversight of the United Methodist Building, which is across the street from the U.S. Capitol, to generate income for GBCS’ programs.
Born in Keene, N.H., and raised in Spofford, Wiggin most recently resided in Southbridge, Mass. His wife, Caroline, is pastor at the Quinsigamond United Methodist Church in Worcester.
Wiggin has served as Director of Finance & Operations for various institutions and school districts in the tri-state area of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has five years’ experience at the college level and more than 18 years working in public schools.
Wiggin is former vice president and president of the N.H. Assn. of School Business Officials and former chair of the Tri-State Assn. of School Business Officials. He is winner of the Friends of MASBO (Massachusetts Assn. of School Business Officials) award.
Wiggin has been a member of the New England Conference Board of Pensions since 2010 and its chair since February 2012. He also served on Bishop Peter Weaver’s Financial Summit Team for the conference.
Wiggin is a Certified Lay Speaker and has been the Lay Leader at two different churches, among many other leadership roles in local congregations.
Wiggin holds a BS in Management (Accounting & Finance) from Keene State College; MBA from Plymouth (N.H.) State College; and has done advanced law studies at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H. He is a former New Hampshire state legislator (1976-78 and 1980-82), former school board member and chair (1992-1995), and has held several other local elected offices.
The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body. The agency’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.