Clarence Littlefield hammers a ceiling panel in place during a mission project in Buras, La.
GONZALES, Texas––Clarence Littlefield, president of Southwest Texas Conference UM Men, has been on six mission trips, helps prepare meals for youth retreats, repair homes and churches, and he supports the ministries of UM Men as a Legacy Builder.
“The Legacy Builder program allows us to provide funds in addition to the manual work efforts associated with mission projects,” said Littlefield. “While we may not be able to support every individual project (or even be aware of many), support of Legacy Builders allows for that backing when it is needed.”
Involved in UM Men for 30 years
A six-year member of the Army National Guard during the Vietnam War era, Littlefield says he started attending conference retreats 30 years ago. He served as secretary of the Victoria District UM Men Charter Committee in the early 1990s and developed the by-laws and constitution for the district.
He was elected vice-president of Conference UM Men in 2005 and president in 2010; he was reelected in 2012.
Supporter of local church
Littlefield says he has served on nearly every committee in his local church (except UM Women). He is the former chair of the Finance and Administration Council and currently serves as lay leader. “My wife served as a local pastor for 10 years in three small rural churches and I served as the alternate lay delegate to conference most of those years.”
The active churchman also chairs the building committee for Victoria District Board of Trustees planning a $3 million expansion to a retreat center.
Littlefield is a 1965 graduate of the University of Texas (B.S. in civil engineering). He obtained his professional engineer’s license in 1970 and has served as president of the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and president of the Victoria Area Surveyors Association.
The Littlefields have been married for 46 years, and they have two sons. In 1967, it took them three years to build a house on 60 acres in Gonzales where they now raise cattle. The couple also enjoys traveling, and they have taken more than 6,000 photos while visiting 35 states, plus Canada, Mexico, and Great Britain.
One of Littlefield’s recent trips was to Nashville for the National Gathering of UM Men. “Participating in my first potato drop was special,” he says. “The fellowship alone was uplifting, but providing food where needed even more so.” He has been a 10-year supporter of the Society of St. Andrew.
“How could we as UM Men not support the Legacy Builders?” he asks.
“I firmly believe that the survival of the UMC will require stronger leadership of the men.”
Legacy Builders are people who pledge at least $120 annually ($10 a month) to men’s ministry.
To participate, click on the “Support GCUMM” tab at the top of this website.