The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is the corporate entity established to administer the church pension and benefits programs. It is a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with headquarters in Philadelphia.
The Board is one of six General Assembly agencies. It does not establish church policy; it designs its plans and programs to reflect the normative values of the PC(USA). The Board acts both in the context of its legal responsibilities and with General Assembly guidance.
The Board is charged with administering pension, healthcare, death and disability, and other benefits to qualifying members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Through the Assistance Program, it helps members whose needs exceed the bounds of the plan, and provides grants and programs to meet the spiritual and practical requirements of teaching elders.
People covered under the Benefits Plan are members. Members serve or have served the Church. They include teaching elders and missionaries of the Church, licensed and commissioned church workers, directors of Christian education, directors of music, business managers, and lay employees of local churches, church councils, and agencies.
The Board is accountable for the benefits of about 20,077 pensioners and survivors, 13,893 active members, 20,233 dependents, and 8,578 inactive members (those with vested pension credits who are not actively participating in the Benefits Plan).
Approximately 185 dedicated professionals, both clergy and lay, work at the Board. Their backgrounds are culturally and ethnically diverse, as is the Philadelphia region. Together, they serve, educate, listen to, and learn from the many church constituencies and people who depend on the Board.
Eight Regional Representatives, who are geographically assigned, serve as the Board’s front line of service to the Church. For a look at who serves where, visit the Regional Representatives page.