The Rothermel Foundation was originally funded by a bequest from Amel Rothermel of New Bern. The endowment is administered as a fund of First Presbyterian Church of New Bern. The Foundation is governed by an ecumenical Board of Trustees, appointed by the Session of First Presbyterian Church in consultation with the ministers of congregations represented on the Board. Contributions to the endowment are accepted from the public.
The Rothermel Foundation brings to New Bern, typically twice each year in Spring and Fall, speakers of eminent reputation or accomplishment, or both, to speak on issues of interest or concern to people of faith, including science, ethics, religion, the arts, and cultural issues.
Videos from selected past programs can be found at the "Rothermel YouTube Site". Click to go to the site.