Board of Benefits Services

The RCA's Board of Benefits Services (also known as BOBS) is an agency of the General Synod that manages and administers the retirement and the assistance programs, and also ensures the availability of appropriate life insurance benefits, long-term disability benefits, and any other programs or services related to the financial and physical wellbeing of eligible ordained ministers and their dependents, and of other employees of agencies, assemblies, and institutions of the Reformed Church in America.

Insurance Information

Beginning January 1, 2014, the newly formed Reformed Benefits Association (the RCA's insurance partnership with the Christian Reformed Church in North America) provides group medical insurance and other insurance products for RCA ministers and lay staff. Visit the RBA website for more information about insurance.

Despite the fact that BOBS no longer offers group medical insurance, it continues to stipulate minimum standards for medical insurance coverage for ordained ministers (RCA Required Insurance, 2017).

 

The Covenant of Care

The theological paper "Covenant of Grace/Covenant of Care" provides a biblical foundation for the work of the Board of Benefits Services.

Retirement

More on the retirement program for clergy, missionaries, and qualifying lay employees of the RCA and its agencies and affiliates.

Statutory Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the 2019 cost-of-living and required statutory limit adjustments applicable to retirement plans. The following limits become effective on January 1, 2019.

Long-Term Disability and Group Life Insurance

All ministers of Word and sacrament in the RCA are required to have long-term disability and group life insurance (per Formulary 5 of the Book of Church Order).

Employee Assistance Program

The Board of Benefits Services has contracted with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services to provide free confidential Christian counseling services to eligible RCA pastors, retirees, denominat

Newsletters and Communication

Recent communication documents from the Board of Benefits Services.

Privacy Policy of the RCA Board of Benefits Services

Learn about our policies regarding disclosures, confidentiality, and security.

Staff

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    Thos Shipley

    Retirement Program Plan Administrator
    866-221-5480
  • mrich's picture

    Mornier C. Rich

    Coordinator of Retiree Chaplains Program, Executive Assistant to Chaplain Ministries
    (212) 870-3245
  • canthony's picture

    Cineca Anthony

    Life and LTD Administrator
    212-870-3341
  • mefeifei's picture

    Feifei Liu

    Benefit Actuarial Analyst
    212-870-3244
  • koliveira's picture

    Kelly Oliveira

    Human Resources Director/Executive Director of Benefits Services
    616-541-0869
  • cbussieres's picture

    Claude Bussieres

    Manager of Retirement Services
    212-870-2892