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More than 120 years of serving in times of greatest need.

Pension Fund originated in 1895 as the Board of Ministerial Relief, serving pastors in dire financial need. Beginning with our first Pension Plan payment in the Great Depression — and throughout the market ups and downs since — we’ve honored our commitments to our members. Today, we administer one of the strongest, fully funded pension and retirement systems in the country.

Evolving with the needs of our members.

Over the years, we’ve listened to our members’ needs and added to our products and services. Our goal is to offer comprehensive products and services for all life stages and income levels.

Timeline

1895
Board of Ministerial Relief is formed:

Ira J. Chase, minister and former governor of Indiana, dies and leaves behind a blind widow and several children with no means of support. A.M. Atkinson raises funds for the Chase family and petitions for a relief board for ministers and their families. 

1919
A new system of ministerial pensions is proposed.

George A. Huggins, an expert actuary instrumental in developing many religious, educational and governmental pension systems, helps structure a new ministerial pension system administered by the Board of Ministerial Relief.

1928
Pension Fund of the Christian Church is formed from the Board of Ministerial Relief.
1931
The Pension Plan is launched during the Great Depression.

In the first 9 months, four ministers died and death benefits were paid.

1951
Supplemental Gift program begins.
1953
Student Gift Membership program begins.
1954
Pension Plan survivor benefits are increased through the Family Protection Plan.
1973
First Special Apportionment is awarded.
2015
Pension Fund introduces a new Traditional IRA product and reintroduces the Benefit Accumulation Account.
2017
Pension Fund allows spouses of eligible members to open their own IRA or Benefit Accumulation Account.