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July 17, 2017

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has the opportunity to partner with national healthcare benefits firm Gravie, which will create healthcare zones ("Healthcare Zones" or "Zones") based on groups of church employees and their families.  These Healthcare Zones may or may not be based on our current regional structure, depending upon the results from questionnaires completed by employees interested in exploring these healthcare opportunities. The role of the Christian Church Healthcare Benefit Trust (CCHCBT) and Pension Fund of the Christian Church (PFCC) is to connect potential participants with Gravie. This is not a CCHCBT or PFCC program.

In partnership with Gravie, the church seeks to make available all health insurance options - from private insurance, and ACA plans to a preferred option of pursuing Healthcare Zones where our pastors and employees would share together in the cost of a partially self-funded plan with a maximum cost and exposure that functions similar to a fully insured plan. The success of these Zones will be dependent upon the response, with pastors and church leaders community organizing to ensure a critical mass of people within each Zone. A critical mass is considered to be at least 50 people.

The program has an urgent need to determine the number of people by region who might be interested in pursuing this option. We must hear from you by August 15, 2017 via healthcare@pensionfund.org. After you express your interest via email, you will be provided with a link that will take you to a secure website where you will provide confidential and important underwriting information to Gravie. This form must be completed by Aug. 15.

The initial response will determine critical mass and rating for each Zone. Completing the underwriting form is not a commitment to participate. As with any insurance product, if there is a +/- 10% change from those who express interest and those who actually enroll, Gravie has the right to adjust the rate. Going forward, the rates will be determined by actual use experience of the Healthcare Zone.

While this is not a restart of Churchwide Healthcare, it is a renewed effort to assist those who serve the church in finding health care options. Our goal is reasonable premiums with broader access to providers.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below, respond by August 15, and direct any questions to healthcare@pensionfund.org or join us on July 31 for a conference call (call instruction will be e-mailed to those who have e-mailed to express interest).

Sincerely,
Todd A. Adams

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will this be group insurance? - Yes. Your employer may pay the premium directly on a tax advantaged basis.
  2. Is this guaranteed issue? - No. The premium for the Healthcare Zone will be based on the medical underwriting of the Zone. Gravie will work with those who need a guaranteed issue policy, due to health conditions, to find alternatives in their areas. Please do not assume you cannot be included in the Zone based on your current health status.
  3. Will we pay Churchwide Healthcare for the insurance? No. Gravie will bill and collect premiums, process claims, and manage all aspects of the program.
  4. What is the role of the Healthcare Trust? The Healthcare Trust will assist in determining interest and promoting and encouraging participation but will have no control or influence over underwriting, premiums, claims processing, networks, formularies, or benefits.
  5. When will premiums be available? Gravie's goal is to provide premium rates in October 2017 to those who submit the medical underwriting application by August 15, 2017.
  6. When will I have to enroll? The final date is being determined, but most likely by November 15, 2017, for coverage beginning January 1, 2018.
  7. How can I help? You can share this information with your colleagues, encouraging their participation. Better yet, pick up the phone and call them. The success of the program is dependent upon community organizing by pastors.
  8. What are the plan options? Gravie currently offers 8 plans from a $500 deductible to a catastrophic plan with a $10,000 deductible.
  9. What are the networks? The final networks will be determined based on the size and location of the Zone.
  10. What do we do if we are currently searching for a pastor? Congregations currently in the search and call process who would like to be considered as part of a Zone should e-mail, indicating interest and providing the congregation's address. This will allow their potential new pastor to be placed in a group for premium consideration.
  11. What if I am a pastor in relocation? Pastors who are relocating will have the opportunity to enroll with a new Healthcare Zone mid-year. Pastors who currently live in a Zone and do not enroll will have to wait until the next open enrollment period.
  12. When is the open enrollment period? During October and November each year. 
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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