Pensions & Benefits USA - History

The work of Pensions and Benefits USA will celebrate a century of service to ministers and their families in October 2019. The initial work of this office began on October 4, 1919. That’s when the General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene created the General Board of Mutual Aid. It was an expression by a young denomination to collect and distribute donations to assist pastors and families caught off-guard by illness or death. Stan Ingersol mentions one of the founders of this work, F. M. Messenger, in this article.

Today, the faithful contributions of districts and congregations provide retirement assistance, survivor benefits, benevolence, and more to almost 17,000 active and retired ministers, church-employed laypersons, spouses, and widows.

Throughout our centennial year, we pray you will join us in celebrating by doing what you can to provide the best possible financial support for your pastor.

If you’d like to know more about ministerial compensation, retirement planning, taxation, or other clergy-related financial matters, let’s have a conversation at 888-888-4656 or

Additional Reference:

P&B History—A Century of Serving Those Who Serve