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May 25, 2017

In observance of Memorial Day, Pension Fund will have the following hours:

Friday, May 26:  Closing at 3:00 PM EST. Distribution requests must be received by 12:00 PM EST.

Monday, May 29: Office Closed

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April 5, 2017

Pension Fund of the Christian Church is pleased to announce five new Area Directors and an Assistant Vice President for Client Relations. The Area Directors and Assistant Vice President for Client Relations will join the Client Relations Team on April 17, 2017. The team is led by Emily Frische Chief Marketing Officer and will report directly to Rev. Daniel Gulden, the recently named Vice President of Client Relations. The new team members are Rod Witte, Alexis Branaman, Raquel Collazo, Michael Johnson, Dee Long, and Rev. Kyle Fauntleroy. The team will focus on our continued commitment to providing outstanding customer service as well as creating and establishing new employer relationships, promoting Pension Fund's products and services, and helping members become retirement ready. 

"We are excited to be onboarding the new team in preparation for reaching out to pastors and lay employees from the Stone-Campbell Movement. We are committed to connecting with new churches, universities and other employers to help those in ministry save for their dreams and to improve their retirement readiness," shared Emily Frische. "The new team members bring a breadth of experience and diversity to match our member base and compliment the team we have in place today." added Daniel Gulden. 

Rod Witte, our new Assistant Vice President of Client Relations, comes to Pension Fund with a 30 plus year career in the banking industry. Most recently the CEO of Tennyson Center for Children and a former Chairman of the Board for the Christian Church Foundation, Rod brings with him a proven track record of client management and a broad network in the church. He is a member of South Broadway Christian Church in Denver. He will serve in the Pacific Southwest, Northern California/Nevada, Oregon Southwest Idaho, Central Rocky Mountain, Northwest and Montana Regions. Additionally, he will direct the work of a contract staff person who will focus on Hispanic congregations in the Pacific Southwest and Arizona Regions. 

Alexis Branaman is a Phillips Legacy Scholar, former Disciples Peace Fellowship Intern and graduate of TCU and the University of North Florida. She lives in Jacksonville, FL where she currently works at a state property insurance corporation managing multi-million-dollar vendor contract relationships. She comes to Pension Fund with a background in International Student Recruitment and experience as a community board member for the Phillips University Legacy Foundation. Her parents are Disciple pastors. Alexis will be responsible for the Georgia, Alabama/NW FL., Great River, Tennessee, and Kentucky regions.  

Raquel Collazo currently works as a Private Client Banker for JP Morgan Chase Bank, managing new and existing clients and has a proven track record for generating millions in new deposits. Born in Puerto Rico where she grew up in the Disciples church, her family moved to Indiana when she was a teen. Raquel will be based out of the Indianapolis office supporting Pennsylvania, the Northeastern Region, Florida, Puerto Rico and Hispanic churches and employees in Texas.

Michael Johnson is currently in sales with Ed Martin Auto Group in Indianapolis. He grew up at Southport Christian Church and has served on regional youth council, attended General Assembly and been on donor visits with staff from the Christian Church Foundation. Michael brings a philosophy of meeting customer needs and experience with sales training resources and client relationship management processes.  He will be responsible for the Upper Midwest, Illinois/Wisconsin, Michigan and Mid-America regions.

Dee Long, previously with Church Extension, has been doing independent congregational consulting work. She is actively involved in National Convocation and integrally connected with the Raleigh/Goldsboro District of the Church of Christ / Disciples of Christ International, which we serve, along the Atlantic Seaboard. She lives in South Carolina and will be responsible for the South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and the Capital Area regions.

Rev. Kyle Fauntleroy is currently serving in the US Navy as a Chaplain with the rank of Captain and will retire at the end of July after 30 years of service. Kyle is an ordained Disciples pastor and Brite Divinity alumni. His wife and son are both graduates of TCU. Kyle will be based in Fort Worth and responsible for the Arizona region. He will also overlap in Oklahoma and the Southwest Regions with Connie Inglish, the current Assistant Vice President, as she transitions to retirement in 2018. Kyle brings leadership in the military, a deep Disciples relational network and knowledge of the Independent Christian Church where he was raised. Kyle will join the Pension Fund staff August 1, 2017.

In his role as Vice President for Client Relations, Rev. Gulden will be responsible for the Ohio and Indiana Regions. Rev. Aaron Smith, currently on staff, will be responsible for the West Virginia, Greater Kansas City, Kansas, and Nebraska Regions. David Nicholson will continue to serve Canadian Disciples in the separately incorporated Canadian RCA plan.

Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Inc. provides pension and retirement savings accounts for clergy and lay employees of congregations, regions, general ministries and church-related colleges and seminaries of the Stone-Campbell/Restoration Movement. Pension Fund manages over $2.9 billion in net assets on behalf of those serving in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and related international ministries. Pension Fund began in 1895, when then Governor and Christian Church Minister Ira J. Chase died, leaving a blind widow and four children. An offering of over $2,700 provided for a house and living expenses. This offering began our predecessor organization, the Board of Ministerial Relief. 

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March 17, 2017
Rev Daniel Gulden

Rev. Daniel B. Gulden has been selected to serve as Vice President of Client Relations for the Indianapolis-based Pension Fund of the Christian Church. Gulden comes to Pension Fund from Sandy Springs Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he is the Senior Minister. 

In the newly created role, Gulden will lead the Area Directors who will focus on creating and establishing new employer relationships, promoting Pension Fund's products and services, providing outstanding customer service, and ensuring members are retirement ready. Gulden will report to Emily A. Frische, the newly named Chief Marketing Officer, and work in Pension Fund's offices located in Indianapolis.

Gulden shared, "I am honored to serve with Pension Fund.  Together we can develop new relationships and strengthen our relationships with current members. This role is the perfect combination of my work experience and my calling, and I am grateful to serve the church in this way."

"Danny's vast relational network in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) combined with his sales background provides Pension Fund with the right mix of business and pastoral leadership," stated Pension Fund President, Todd A. Adams.   Frische added, "He brings a unique blend of leadership, mentoring, ministerial, and business expertise to our new team."

Rev. Daniel B. Gulden holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of West Georgia and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Prior to entering the ministry, he was a successful Sales Executive with CareerBuilder.com, and has served in multiple ministerial positions over his career.  Currently he serves as the Senior Minister at Sandy Springs Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) just outside of Atlanta. Danny is a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

He has served the church on the Administrative Committee, the General Minister and President Search Committee, the Georgia Regional Minister Search Committee, the General Board, and the Council on Christian Unity Board. He is a seasoned workshop leader and key note speaker.  In addition, he has been a part of numerous international mission trips, and is an alumnus of the Bethany Fellows.

Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Inc. provides pension and retirement savings accounts for clergy and lay employees of congregations, regions, general ministries and church-related colleges and seminaries of the Stone-Campbell/Restoration Movement. Pension Fund manages over $2.9 billion in net assets on behalf of those serving in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and related international ministries. Pension Fund began in 1895, when then Governor and Christian Church Minister Ira J. Chase died, leaving a blind widow and four children. An offering of over $2,700 provided for a house and living expenses. This offering began our predecessor organization, the Board of Ministerial Relief. 

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February 22, 2017

Pension Fund staff will be hosting two conference calls on Feb. 23, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST. To join, please use the following call-in information:

11:00 a.m. EST                  Dial: 866. 216. 6835           Access Code: 996877

7:00 p.m. EST                    Dial: 866. 216. 6835           Access Code: 349412

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February 17, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (February 17, 2017) - The Board of Directors of Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Inc. approved a 0.5% Special Apportionment for all U.S. and Puerto Rico Pension Plan participants (active, inactive and retired), effective July 1, 2017. The Board also approved Good Experience Credits, of 0.5% for the Tax-Deferred Retirement Account (TDRA) and Legacy IRAs and 3.25% for the Benefit Accumulation Account (BAA), effective March 31, 2017.

Special Apportionments, unique to Pension Fund and the Pension Plan, are additional pension credits awarded to members when reserves exist above what is required by board policy. Special Apportionments are awarded as a percentage of the accumulated pension credits in a Pension Plan member's account. The Board reviewed credits and pension data as of Dec. 31, 2016, and approved this year's Special Apportionment.

Pension Plan began 2016 funded at 113.73%. Each year, investment returns must yield a 5% return net of investment fees. Additionally, in 2016, Pension Fund adopted new mortality tables as recommended by our Actuary, accounting for updated life expectancy tables as prepared by the Society of Actuaries.  The 2015 Actuary's report called for an additional 3% or $59MM to be moved in 2016 from the reserve fund to the fund that is kept to cover all liabilities, accounting for the longevity of our members.

Good Experience Credits provide extra interest earnings for Pension Fund's TDRA, BAA and IRA accounts. This year's Good Experience Credits were awarded based on a review of the average principal balance for these accounts. Good Experience Credits follow the same funding formula as Special Apportionments. In 2016, TDRA's began the year funded at 108.59% and the BAA was funded at 112.39%. Each fund must earn the interest payout, as well as establish funding levels in excess of 115%.

As newer accounts, Annuities and IRAs (Roth and Traditional) did not have reserves in excess of 15% and therefore were not considered eligible for Good Experience Credits.

Pension Fund staff will be hosting two conference calls on Feb. 23, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST. To join, please use the following call-in information:

11:00 a.m. EST                  Dial: 866. 216. 6835           Access Code: 996877

7:00 p.m. EST                    Dial: 866. 216. 6835           Access Code: 349412

The Board of Directors of Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Inc. approved a 0.5% Special Apportionment for all U.S. and Puerto Rico Pension Plan participants (active, inactive and retired), effective July 1, 2017. The Board also approved Good Experience Credits, of 0.5% for the Tax-Deferred Retirement Account (TDRA) and Legacy IRAs and 3.25% for the Benefit Accumulation Account (BAA), effective March 31, 2017.

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