Brethren Pension Plan

Church of the Brethren Pension Plan has been providing a dependable, well-managed service of retirement benefits since it was established in 1943. It is available to ministers and lay employees of the Church of the Brethren and its agencies. 

How does it work?

Brethren Pension Plan serves nearly 5,000 current and former employees of congregations and denominational organizations. At the end of 2020, Brethren Pension Plan was managing nearly $254 million for active participants in the Plan and nearly $172 million in its Retirement Benefits Fund, from which lifetime benefits are paid to annuitants.  (Current interest rate paid on lifetime annuity is 4.5%.)

Every month, over 1,700 annuitants receive a monthly benefit in the form of a check or direct deposit. Organized as a defined contribution plan, the amount of money accumulated over a participant’s active involvement with the Plan is determined by two sources — contributions to the participant’s account (both employer and employee) and investment earnings on those contributions.

The Pension Plan's investment funds have a history of strong performance, and often outperform their benchmark indexes. Our selection of funds offer opportunities for diversification and the potential for improved portfolio performance with
thoughtful allocation.

Building financial security

Bettering the world


Brethren Benefit Trust provides retirement benefits, health and welfare benefits, asset management, and financial advocacy to pastors, employees, and members of the greater Church of the Brethren community.

Since it began as the Pension Board in 1943, BBT has been called to serve its members and clients, and we are thankful for that opportunity.