Six elected to UCC Pension Boards; restated certificate of incorporation passes easily
Written by Staff reports
June 11, 2012

Five board members were re-elected and a sixth was elected to the board of trustees at the 98th annual meeting of the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ, held June 8 at the Radisson Hotel at Gateway in Cleveland.

The Rev. Martha Ann Baumer was re-elected to a one-year term ending in 2013. The Rev. Geneva M. Butz, the Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel, John B. Kleiman and the Rev. Leslie M. Schenk were re-elected to four-year terms ending in 2016.

In addition, Jane Tedder was elected to a four-year term ending in 2016.

Proxies from the six geographic regions of the UCC voted on behalf of members in their respective regions to elect trustees and to approve an amended and restated certificate of incorporation. The certificate will enable the Pension Boards to provide back-office services to other ministries and settings of the church, and help reduce overall administrative costs to plan members.

“More than 98 percent of the ballots received from members supported the adoption of the amended and restated certificate,” said Michael A. Downs, PBUCC president and CEO. “We are grateful for the confidence members express in our stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.”

“There is tremendous trust in the Pension Boards in the Conferences,” said the Rev. Chandra S. Soans, senior pastor of Grace-Trinity UCC in Philadelphia and a proxy from the Middle Atlantic Region.

In other business, the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance selected 18 young UCC clergypersons for the Class of 2023 of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative: Target 2030 program.

Downs also announced that the Rev. Krista Betz will join the Pension Boards staff as director of ministerial assistance, succeeding the Rev. M. Douglas Borko, who will retire at year end after seven years of service. Betz, interim Conference minister of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, will begin her duties with the Pension Boards in October.

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