Retirees

Retiree Chaplains Program

The Board of Benefits Services (BOBS), through the assistance program, maintains a network of retired pastors and ordained elders who are geographically spread throughout the United States and Canada. These retired pastors and ordained elders maintain faithful and pastoral contact with retired missionaries who served ten years or more, with retired ministers and their spouses, and with the surviving spouses of ministers. 

The retiree chaplain’s role is not to replace a retiree’s own minister or circle of support but to ensure that the retiree has such a circle of support, including a local church, family connections, and a classis of membership. The retiree chaplain is the primary way for BOBS to identify those who are most in need of assistance. If a crisis arises, the retiree chaplain can facilitate the necessary care and offer suggestions and guidance about how best to provide assistance (financial or otherwise).

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Assistance program

The assistance program provides grants to eligible ministers and their surviving spouses and dependent children. Financial assistance is primarily awarded for needs related to housing and utilities, on-going medical insurance premiums, funeral grants to surviving spouses, retirement contributions for disabled ministers and other emergency needs deemed acceptable by the assistance grant approval team. Missionaries with ten or more years of services and former employees of the Southern Normal School are also eligible for grants from the assistance program. (The RCA operated this boarding school in Brewton, Alabama, for 86 years.)

Assistance applications are for retirees or surviving spouses who need financial assistance. Lay missionaries with at least ten years of service are also eligible for the assistance program.

Applications are available by contacting the retiree chaplain, the BOBS’ office at 866-221-5480, or emailing mrich@rca.org.

The application must be completed by the retiree or an advocate who knows about the retiree’s needs and sent to the BOBS’ office (475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1606, New York, NY 10115), faxed to 833-627-7620, or emailed to retirement@rca.org. The assistance review committee reviews each application and determines if financial assistance will be granted.

The Beekman Memorial Home

The Beekman Memorial Home, located in Bedminster, New Jersey, is a three-apartment, rent-free house for retired RCA ministers. If anyone is interested in staying at the Beekman Home, please contact Lourdes Burke (504-354-5329 or Lourdes.burke@hancockwhitney.com).

Ed and Luella Mulder Pastor Assistance Fund

RCA pastors, their spouses, and long-time missionaries give to the church in countless ways. Yet in retirement, some find themselves in extenuating financial circumstances. The Ed and Luella Mulder Pastor Assistance Fund awards grants to retirees or their surviving spouses to help meet critical needs. 

BOBS is responsible for awarding grants. Grants may be provided for housing and utilities, ongoing medical insurance premiums, or other documented financial needs. Retirees or surviving spouses requesting a grant must complete a self-reporting application, which is reviewed by a staff team. Recipients must file an annual reapplication to continue receiving assistance.

Ed Mulder served as a pastor of several RCA churches beginning in 1954. He also served the RCA as minister of evangelism, president of General Synod, and general secretary. He and his wife, Luella, established the assistance fund to support other retired pastors, spouses, and missionaries who have served the church faithfully for many years. Both Ed and Luella passed away in 2018. Their legacy of faithful service continues through this fund.

If you know someone who could use a grant from the assistance fund or would like to apply, contact the Board of Benefits Services at 866-221-5480 or email mrich@rca.org.

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With your support, BOBS can continue to assist retirees and their spouses for years to come.

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Mental health support

The Board of Benefits Services has contracted with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services to provide free confidential Christian counseling services. Through the Employee Assistance Program, eligible RCA pastors, retirees, denominational staff, missionaries, and their households can receive up to three counseling sessions per issue. 

While Pine Rest has clinics only in Iowa and West Michigan, BOBS works with a network of providers who can provide face-to-face counseling across the U.S. and Canada.

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Mornier C. Rich

Coordinator of Retiree Chaplains and Assistance Programs/ Executive Assistant

Board of Benefits Services
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1606
New York, NY 10115
retirement@rca.org
866-221-5480