Retired Clergy

Compensation for retired clergy includes cash salary and housing.  The church shall also provide an accountable reimbursement fund (including mileage reimbursement).  

Retired clergy who are appointed 3/4 time or more have the option to participate in the group health insurance plan, and they may contribute to UMPIP although the church does not.  Otherwise, retired clergy do not participate in Conference-sponsored benefits, nor are they covered under the Equitable Compensation minimum base compensation guidelines.  However, the District Superintendent may recommend a base compensation in line with those minimums. 

Once base compensation is settled, the clergy person can allocate their cash salary in different ways to maximize their tax advantage under IRS regulations.

The following resources may be helpful:

Click Here for the  2022 Retired Clergy Compensation
Online Entry Form 


Questions?  Contact your district office or the Conference Benefits office:

Cascadia District Office, Linda Grund-Clampit - District AA,   (503) 581-3969

Columbia District Office, Brandon Rhodes - District AA,   (503) 802-9227

Crater Lake District Office, Sheri Konowitz - District AA,  (541) 689-3725

Sage District Office, Etha Carruthers - District AA,   (208) 537-3683

For questions regarding benefits, contact Meg Kau, Conference HR/Benefits Specialist,, (503) 802-9224.

** If your church does not currently have a payroll company or someone in your church who is competent to do payroll, you have the option to sign up with Paychex, a payroll company who has an agreement with The United Methodist Church to offer services at a discounted rate.  Paychex has staff dedicated to serving United Methodist Churches specifically.  Find more information at  or talk with Meg Kau, Conference Benefits and HR Manager about the program,, (503) 802-9224.

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