The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

board_of_pensions_logoThe Board of Pensions is the agency legally responsible for administering the pension and benefits programs of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Board of Pensions is governed by an independent Board of Directors nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee and elected by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

There are three representatives from the Board of Pensions assigned to the Synod of the Trinity region. They are:

Douglas Portz

Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz

Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz
Email:
dportz@pensions.org
Phone: (215) 587-7455
Regions: Synod of the Trinity (except Presbyteries of Donegal and Philadelphia) and Synod of the Covenant

Doug joined the Board of Pensions in July 2015. Previously, he served in a pastoral and administrative role with the Pittsburgh Presbytery for more than eight years and built a vast knowledge of congregations in that region.

Before joining the staff of Pittsburgh Presbytery, Doug served as pastor to four congregations in three presbyteries over the course of 23 years. He has served multiple assignments with presbytery-level committees and commissions.

Doug holds a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. His region comprises Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Michigan.

 

Martha Reisner

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Martha Reisner
Email: mreisner@pensions.org
Phone: (215) 587-7049
Regions: Presbyteries of Donegal and Philadelphia and the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic

Martha H. Reisner has served as Church Consultant for the Board of Pensions since 2017. She is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and has served as a deacon and a trustee, on a presbytery disaster response team, and in local and African mission work.

Previously, Martha was Executive Director at the Capital Region Theological Center (CRTC), a not-for-profit ecumenical educational and consulting center serving upstate New York and western New England congregations and faith-based organizations. She has also worked with Accenture, an international management consulting firm; served as Director of Christian Education at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Albany, New York; taught high school biology in Wisconsin; and worked in computer sales and marketing in Chicago.

Martha has a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, an Illinois secondary school teaching certification from DePaul University, and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Presbyteries in Martha’s region are located in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

 

The Presbyterian Foundation

presbyterian_foundation_buttonThe Presbyterian Foundation raises, stewards and distributes funds for mission. It works to strengthen congregations and related mission and ministry efforts by developing gifts and managing funds on its behalf. It works with them to build communities of generosity among its members and constituents. And it provides all Presbyterians an avenue to realize their philanthropic goals through a variety of giving and investment options. In all its work, it remains focused on the Reformed values that have guided its stewardship and investment for more than 200 years.

There are two Ministry Relations Officers from the Presbyterian Foundation assigned to the Synod of the Trinity region. They are:

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Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley

Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley
Email: ellie.johns-kelley@presbyterianfoundation.org
Phone: 855-251-8212
Region: Pennsylvania and the Northeast Region (territory map here)

Ellie works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees. “Building on relationships and resourcing churches to help them increase funding for their ministry are my top priorities,” said Ellie. “I want to help others realize the vast amount of resources available through the Foundation and work in collaboration with other agencies of the PC (USA).”

Ellie comes to the Foundation after serving for three and a half years as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Warren, PA. Previously, she was Director of the Summer Youth Institute and Associate Director of Admissions at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is co-moderator of the Presbytery of Lake Erie’s Administrative Committee and a member of the Trustees and has served on the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission.

Ellie received a BS in biology at Muskingum College and a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She resides in Pittsburgh with husband, Eric, and two young daughters.

Olanda Carr

Olanda Carr

Olanda Carr
Email: olanda.carr@presbyterianfoundation.org
Phone: 888-711-1318
Region: West Virginia, Upper Ohio Valley and the East Region (territory map here)

Olanda works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries and provides coaching to finance, stewardship and endowment committees. Olanda shares his call to the Foundation this way: “God calls us each day to do new and exciting things. I believe my service with the Foundation is such a call, as it provides me with an opportunity to further God’s kingdom and the mission of the PC (USA).”

Olanda brings a wealth of community involvement that includes serving as board member on the Catawba Economic Development Association, board member of the campus ministries program, Cooperative Christian Ministry in Higher Education, Vice President of the Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the National MBA Association of Charlotte. He formerly served as treasurer for the homeless services organization Peter’s Place Inc. and as vice president of the Kappa Foundation of Charlotte. Olanda also previously served as a commissioner to the 219th General Assembly and as member of the Committee on Theological Education (COTE).

Olanda completed his undergraduate studies at N.C. State University (Industrial Engineering), Montreat College (Business Administration) and also holds an MBA from Montreat College. He is a Ruling Elder at First United Presbyterian Church (Charlotte, N.C.) and resides in Harrisburg, N.C., with his wife, Monica.

Presbyterian Mission Agency

PCUSAMissionThe Presbyterian Mission Agency is faithfully working to inspire, equip and connect all Presbyterians to do Christ’s mission, bringing together congregations, worshiping communities, mid councils, mission networks and other parts of the church ecosystem as they nurture and shape disciples and serve Christ in the world.

The Presbyterian Mission Agency is the ministry and mission agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Four ministry areas carry out our work: Compassion, Peace and Justice; Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries; Theology, Formation & Evangelism; and World Mission. We work together to inspire, equip and connect all Presbyterians for the church’s work.

Lynne Foreman

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Lynne Foreman

Email: lynne.foreman@pcusa.org
Phone: 704-256-1028
Region: Synods of the Trinity, Northeast

Lynne, who came to the PMA staff in 2013, has spent most of her professional life working with non-profit organizations. Her previous roles include service as mid-Atlantic director of corporate relations for the American Heart Association and as major gifts director for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“As a lifelong Presbyterian, I am humbled and grateful to serve, work and give back to the church that has had a major impact on my life and in the lives of so many in my family,” Lynne says.

Lynne earned a BS degree in marketing from the University of Maryland, and she received an executive certificate in nonprofit leadership from Duke University. A fourth generation Presbyterian, Lynne is an elder and a member of the AveNue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.

Lynne is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a certified fundraising executive, a designation conferred by CFRE International.

Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program

PILPThe Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Inc. (PILP) is a nonprofit corporation of the PCUSA created to provide low-cost loans to congregations, governing bodies and related entities of the PCUSA. It provides loans for the construction or purchase of buildings, renovations and even refinancing of existing debt.

Catherine Lynch

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Catherine Lynch

Email: catherine.lynch@pcusa.org
Phone: 866-261-3530
Region: Synods of the Trinity, Mid-Atlantic plus New Jersey, South Carolina

A development specialist, Catherine works directly with churches and middle governing bodies in her area, providing them with loan and investment information. Before coming to the Investment & Loan Program, she worked in the funds development field for seven years. In addition to her experience as a fundraiser, she has also worked in the areas of public affairs, government relations and marketing communications. Catherine lives in western North Carolina and is a member of Tryon Presbyterian Church. She has worked with PILP since 2000.