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The 98th Annual Meeting of the Pension Boards–United Church of Christ, Inc. (PBUCC) was held Friday, June 8, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel at Gateway in Cleveland. Proxies from the six geographic regions of the United Church of Christ voted on behalf of the members in their respective regions to elect trustees and to approve an amended and restated certificate of incorporation.

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

The amended and restated certificate of incorporation 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% of the ballots received from members supported the adoption of the amended and restated certificate,” noted PBUCC President/CEO Michael A. Downs. “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. Dr. Chandra S. Soans, Senior Pastor of Grace-Trinity United Church of Christ in Philadelphia and a proxy from the Middle Atlantic Region.

In other business, the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, meeting earlier in the week, selected 18 young UCC clergy for the Class of 2023 of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative: Target 2030 program. Mr. Downs also announced that, following a nationwide search, the Rev. Krista Betz will be joining the Pension Boards’ staff as Director of Ministerial Assistance, succeeding the Rev. Dr. M. Douglas Borko, who will retire at year-end. The Rev. Betz, who currently serves as Interim Conference Minister of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, will begin her duties with the Pension Boards in October.

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