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Jim Welch
Director of Property and Casualty

Jim Welch joined GuideStone in 1994 working in Finance & Accounting. He then served as Controller for nearly 6 years. In 2007, Mr. Welch moved to the position of Director of Property and Casualty Development.

Mr. Welch came to GuideStone Financial Resources from the position of Minister of Music & Youth at First Baptist Church of Bangs, TX. Prior to joining FBC Bangs, Mr. Welch worked as the Instructor of Business at Southwest Baptist University located in Bolivar, MO.

Mr. Welch earned his bachelor of science degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and master of business administration degree from Drury University also located in Springfield. He received his master of arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Welch also attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where he received his Doctorate of Education. Mr. Welch is a Certified Public Accountant.




Gaelen Cole
Property and Casualty Program Manager

Gaelen Cole joined GuideStone in March 2008 as Property and Casualty Program Manager. Gaelen came to GuideStone with extensive experience in property and casualty insurance and alternative risk programs, most recently with Captive Resources, LLC in Schaumburg, IL. Prior to that he spent over twenty years with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in Novato, CA.

Gaelen earned his bachelors degree in mathematics and English from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA. He is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and has associate certifications in Reinsurance and Insurance Accounting and Finance.




Cherika Latham
Cherika N. Latham
Attorney

Cherika Latham joined GuideStone Financial Resources in 2008 as in-house counsel. She came to GuideStone from First Southwest Company in Dallas, where she worked as a compliance officer in the securities industry.

In 2003, Cherika earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, concentrating on communications and business. She then obtained a law degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, in 2006.

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