Pension Boards Speakers Bureau

 Are you looking for a keynote speaker? Or for subject matter experts to lead a discussion or participate on a panel?

Introducing the Pension Boards Speakers Bureau

Pension Boards staff and Trustees, and other United Church of Christ leaders, are available to speak, lead workshops, and make presentations on a variety of topics of interest to those engaged in the life of the Church. 

The Pension Boards will cover all travel costs for meetings sponsored by UCC Covenanted Ministries, Conferences, and groups with a primary relationship with the United Church of Christ as described in the Bylaws of the United Church of Christ.

Speakers must be scheduled in advance and are subject to availability.
Additional speakers will be added once confirmed; please check back.

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Keynote Speakers

RFranklin 2 The Rev. Dr. Rodney A. Franklin is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and staff chaplain at University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Hospital. He has served in many leadership capacities throughout the UCC. He has served churches in Savannah, Georgia; Cleveland, Ohio; and Birmingham, Alabama, and has also served the national Church on the Wider Church Ministries Board and Global Ministries Board, and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pension Boards and a Director of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance. 
CLytch 2 Rev. Dr. Carol E. Lytch is president of UCC-affiliated Lancaster Theological Seminary. An ordained minister with dual standing in the United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church, USA, she is a frequent speaker on theological education, opportunities and challenges for mainline Protestant churches, and faith formation in young adults. Dr. Lytch is a Trustee of the Pension Boards.
strauch Mr. Joel E. Strauch, CFA, is a senior investment manager with more than three decades of experience in portfolio and client management. He was ordained to ministry in the United Church of Christ in 1973. A Pension Boards Trustee, he serves on the Board’s Investment and Corporate Social Responsibility Committees.
 Lan Cai Ms. Lan Cai, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, joined the Pension Boards-UCC in 2015, bringing with her extensive experience in investment and asset management. Over the last 15 years, she has served in portfolio management positions at Millennium Partners and PineBridge Investments in New York. Lan received her MBA from the University of Chicago and is a CFA® charterholder.
  Rev. Dr. Paul Ramsey, Philanthropy Officer – faith and finance, stewardship, philanthropy
  Mr. Andy Russell, Director of Fixed-Income Investments, joined the Pension Boards UCC in 2003, where he directs investment management activities for core fixed-income portfolios. He is on the Advisory Boards for Institutional Investors’ “Redefining Fixed Income Forum” and Pension & Investments’ “Fixed Income & Credit Symposium.” Before joining PBUCC in 2003, Andy spent over 10 years at Chase Asset Management. where he held positions as analyst, trader, and portfolio manager - managing both Vista mutual funds and institutional bond portfolios. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where he earned a BA in History and Political Science. He is a member of the Board of Managers of SRNY/Fraunces Tavern Museum, where he chairs the investment committee.
  Rev. Richard E. Walters, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility – faith and finance, socially responsible investing, sustainability, shareholder advocacy

Topical Speakers

    • Mr. David A. Klassen, Chief Investment Officer – faith and finance, financial markets, economy, investments
    • Rev. Krista L. Betz, Director, Leadership Initiatives, Ministerial Assistance – Next Generation Leadership Initiative
    • Mr. Thomas Nolan, Chief Information Officer – cybersecurity, technology