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The Board of Pensions and Benefits USA of the Church of the Nazarene is responsible for oversight of the various programs administered by Pensions and Benefits USA. Members are selected from each U.S. region with one member at-large. These persons are nominated by the Board of General Superintendents and elected by the USA National Board.

Members of the Board of Pensions serve four-year terms. The executive committee (chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, and committee member at-large) is selected annually by vote of the board.

Board of Pension members for the 2017-2021 quadrennium include:

Dr. D. Geoffrey Kunselman (clergy)
(Central Region)

Mrs. Jill Rice (lay)
(East Central Region)

Dr. J. Phillip Fuller (clergy)
(Eastern Region)

Mr. Darrel Johnson (lay)
(North Central Region)

Dr. R. Bruce Moore (lay)
(Northwest Region)

Mr. Rick Martin (lay)
(South Central Region)

Mr. Mark Patrick (lay)
(Southeast Region)

Rev. Douglas R. Pierce (clergy)
(Southwest Region)

Rev. Kerry W. Willis (clergy)


About Us

The Pensions and Benefits USA (P&B) team is committed to serving Nazarene districts, local churches, ministers (active and retired), and lay persons in the United States (U.S.) in providing retirement and insurance benefits, as well as tax and compensation resources. We administer the only denominationally-approved retirement plans for Nazarene churches and institution employees in the U.S. These plans provide significant tax advantages.


P&B serves the Church of the Nazarene by providing (and educating ministers about) uniquely designed benefit plans and related services, assisting our constituents through significant life transitions, and conveying the importance of support for the P&B Fund.


People covered under the benefit plans that P&B administers are called participants. Participants would be those who are currently serving or have served the Church of the Nazarene in a local, general church, or district church setting. All U.S. educators would also be considered participants. Specifically, they would include all U.S. licensed/commissioned ministers, evangelists, district superintendents, missionaries, chaplains, directors of Christian Education, directors of music, business managers, and church-employed lay people.


P&B is served by 17 dedicated professionals, both clergy and lay. Together, the P&B staff has over 200 years of experience and they work to serve, educate, and inform the participants in our benefit plans.

Serving you are…

Administrative Staff
Don Walter, Director
Roger Creeden, Administrative Director
Lavonne Rieck, Office Manager
Mark Graham, Communication Resources Manager
Ron Bell, Technology Supervisor
Keith Hindman, Benefits Supervisor

Support Staff
Emily D. Knocke, Administrative Assistant
Emily Bartlett, Administrative Assistant
Ken Paynter, Software Developer/Programmer
Peggy Payton, Executive Assistant
Michael Thomasson, Technology Specialist
Mike Williams, Editor

Benefits Services Staff
Deb Ellis, Benefits Technician
Nancy Lovins, Sr. Benefits Technician
Charma Mathias, Benefits Technician
Janet Morgan, Sr. Benefits Technician
Randy Wilkinson, Benefits Technician

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Contributions to the Pensions and Benefits Fund by churches and districts form the cornerstone for programs administered by Pensions and Benefits USA. They provide:

  • Monthly Basic Pension Plan payments to approximately 5,100 retired ministers and widowed spouses;
  • P&B contributions to the 403(b) Retirement Plan accounts of thousands of eligible ministers, associate ministers, evangelists, and district superintendents; and
  • Premiums for the Pastors Life Insurance Plan and the Pensioners Death Benefit Plan.


Giving to the P&B Fund also makes it possible to assist ministers and their families in times of special need, such as:

  • Emergency Medical Assistance;
  • Funeral Assistance; and
  • Temporary Monthly Disability Assistance.

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Pensions and Benefits USA is a partner to more than 14,000 active and retired ministers and church-employed laypersons who serve Nazarenes across the United States. Providing a broad range of services, such as life and disability insurance, retirement benefit plans, and benevolence, our goal is to serve those who serve at every stage of their career—from first pastorate through retirement.


Pensions and Benefits USA exists to support the church by:

  • Providing the best possible benefit plans and related services,
  • Educating and informing our pastors, churches, and districts to encourage use of these plans and services, and
  • Collecting sufficient income to maintain the long-term viability of these plans and services.

We do this that we might free those serving in local and district ministries from the administrative and financial encumbrances associated with these arrangements.



Administration Area

The Administration Area oversees the day-to-day operations of the Pensions and Benefits office, and its team of associates who serve you. An essential part of our work is keeping accurate records for our benefit plan participants who include over 14,000 Nazarene ministers and church-employed laypeople in the U.S. We also help answer tax questions as they relate to U.S. Nazarene churches and their employees.

Some of our specific responsibilities

  • Provide tax resources for local Nazarene churches, their ministers, and lay employees
  • Keep Pensions and Benefits office personnel records
  • Coordinate Pensions and Benefits office records with ministerial records compiled by the General Secretary's office
  • Track information from the General Treasurer's office concerning payments to the Pensions and Benefits Fund

Serving you are…

Office Manager — Lavonne Rieck
Executive Assistant — Peggy Payton


Benefit Services Area

Retirement Benefits

The Pensions and Benefits office administers the retirement plans for Nazarene church employees in the U.S. including ministers, evangelists, district superintendents, and church-employed laypeople. It also covers employees of Nazarene Theological Seminary and the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene. In addition, we make available the Nazarene Individual Retirement Annuity (IRA) and administer the Missionary Pension Plan.

Insurance Benefits

The Pensions and Benefits office oversees the day-to-day administration of insurance programs that protect U.S. ministers and church-employed laypeople in the Church of the Nazarene. We provide…

  • Pastors Life Insurance Plan
  • Supplemental Group Term Life Insurance Plan
  • Pensioners Death Benefit Plan
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance Plan
  • Basic Long-Term Disability Insurance Plan
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Plan

In addition to these plans offered to individual participants, we offer life and disability employee benefit plans to Nazarene districts and institutions of higher education. The Insurance Benefits Area also administers the Missionary Life Insurance Plan, the Missionary Long-Term Disability Insurance Plan, the Missionary Medical Plan, and the General Church Medical Plan for employees of Nazarene Publishing House, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene. The Pensions and Benefits office also processes benevolence requests made by U.S. Nazarene districts on behalf of Church of the Nazarene ministers.

Serving you are…

Benefits Services Manager — Roger Creeden
Projects Coordinator — Ron Bell
Benefits Technician — Nancy Crow
Benefits Technician — Meghan Matt

Benefits Supervisor — Keith Hindman
Benefits Technician — Janet Morgan
Benefits Technician — David Volker
Benefits Technician — Bonnie Thornton

Benefits Supervisor — Ed Campbell
Benefits Technician — Deb Ellis
Benefits Technician — Carol Speck


Information Strategies Area

The Information Strategies Area produces printed, multimedia, and electronic communications for the Pensions and Benefits office. This includes promotional and informational materials for all Pensions and Benefits programs. We produce a bi-monthly electronic newsletter called P&B eNews, a quarterly print newsletter called P&B Quarterly, and develop news and advertising for Nazarene distribution.

Serving you are…

Communication Resources Manager — Mark Graham
Editor — Mike Williams

Technology Resources
Technology Supervisor — Ron Bell

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