The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The 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:
Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz
Phone: 800-773-7752, ext. 7455
Regions: Synod of the Trinity (except Presbytery of 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.
Rev. Dr. Allison K. Seed
Phone: 800-773-7752, ext. 7482
Regions: Presbytery of Philadelphia and the Synod of the Northeast
Allison joined the Board in January 2011. Previously, she served 15 years as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Independence, MO. Other churches served were in Missouri, Colorado and South Carolina, and she enjoyed additional service in campus ministry while in South Carolina. She was ordained in June 1977.
Among her various assignments and appointments in the presbytery and Synod of Mid-America, Allison served as Moderator of Heartland Presbytery and two terms as Chair of the Heartland Presbytery Council. She served two years as Chair of the General Assembly Council. Allison was also on the Review Committee of the Whole of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (Six Agency Review Committee) and the Review Committee for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.
Allison holds a bachelor’s from Duke University, Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary. Her region comprises presbyteries in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey plus the Presbytery of Philadelphia. She and her husband, Bob, are parents of grown children and are sharing a home in Philadelphia with a golden retriever named Scout.
Rev. Ayana Teter
Regions: Synod of the Trinity (except Presbytery of Philadelphia) and Synod of the Covenant
Ayana joined the Board of Pensions from the Pittsburgh Presbytery, where she served as Associate Executive Presbyter. During that time, Ayana served as pastor-to-pastors with deep engagement in the administrative and ministry teams within the presbytery and with the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Prior to joining the presbytery, Ayana co-pastored ethnically diverse congregations in Texas, New York and Missouri. With extensive clinical training in marriage and family psychotherapy, Ayana has also served as a leadership coach and congregational consultant to traditional and developing church congregations.
Ayana received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
The presbyteries in Ayana’s region are located in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
The Presbyterian Foundation
The 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:
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 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
The 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.
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
The 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.
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.