Since 1969 the Free Methodist Church  has provided a pension plan for pastors, superintendents, conference personnel, and World Ministries Center employees.

This plan was created for the exclusive benefit of church-related workers and their beneficiaries and is designed to help participants gradually build up a secure source of retirement income.

The denomination first administered the Defined Contribution Plan in 1969 and the plan was frozen as of 1980.  The existing accounts were maintained and benefits were paid for those who had accrued a benefit.  As of 9/30/2019, this plan was closed and all remaining participants have been paid out.

The current pension plan began in 1981 and is called the Defined Benefit Plan. All new eligible participants who serve in the United States are enrolled into this plan.

Administration of both plans is the responsibility of the Benefits Committee, which in turn reports to the FMC-USA Board of Administration, which governs the plans. It is the goal of the Benefits Committee to keep in mind participants’ best interests and to continually improve the current plan’s benefits, as funds allow, for those who have served the denomination during their working years.

The day-to-day management of the plans is handled by the Human Resources office at the World Ministries Center. Mark Dowley, Chief Operating Officer of FMC-USA,  along with staff members Willadean Duncan, Director of Human Resources, Debbie Jenkins, Lori Sherwood, Human Resources assistants, are available to help participants with whatever their needs may be.

The Nyhart of Indianapolis, IN, serves as the actuary for both plans. The actuary continually reviews the plans to determine funding assumptions and maintains all existing and future benefits.

The Free Methodist Foundation handles the investments for the pension plans. The Foundation’s board of directors manages and supervises all investments based on the investment objectives set forth for the funds.

Also provided by the denomination, for anyone who is a participant in either pension plan, is the opportunity to receive a comprehensive Financial Profile at no cost to the participant. The Human Resources office is working along with Guidestream Financial., a subsidiary of the Free Methodist Foundation, to help develop personalized profiles. The Financial Profile addresses specific questions or concerns participants may have about their finances. This service is provided for participants, no matter what their stage of life or financial situation, to help guide them in considering financial and retirement planning, insurance needs, education funding, investment allocation, and estate planning.

Defined Benefit Pension Plan

Pastor’s Compensation reporting Click Here

Change of Status Click Here
Change of Status – electronic Click Here

Pension Plan Changes as of January 1, 2015 Click Here
Pension Plan Changes as of January 1, 2018 Click Here
Plan Summary Click Here
Planting, Growing & Nuturing your Benefits Click Here
Pre-2015 Benefit Plan Formula Click Here

Retirement Calculations Click Here

Understanding Define Benefit 2018 Changes Click Here

Defined Benefit  Click Here

Defined Benefit Pension Contributions  Click Here
Eligibility Information Click Here

Financial Planning Click Here

Investment returns Click Here


Pension Enrollment – PDF Click Here

Pension Enrollment Electronic Click Here

Beneficiary Changes Click Here

Direct deposit authorization Click Here

Retiral Assistance ApplicationClick Here

Retiral Assistance – Electronic Click Here

Retiral Assistance Click Here

Retirement Application – Electronic Click Here

Retirement Application Click Here

IRS W-4P pension withholding 2021 Click Here


Employment application Click Here


Housing allowance – active ministers Click Here
Housing allowance – retired ministers Click Here

IRS W-4 and W-9 forms

IRS  W-4 withholding 2021 Click Here
IRS W-4P pension withholding 2021 Click Here

IRS W-9 request for taxpayer ID Click Here

Social Security and other Forms

Social Security Click Here

Church contribution direct ACH payments Click Here

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