Conference Trustees

The Eastern PA Conference Board of Trustees (United Methodist Book of Discipline, ¶2512,1-8) oversees all properties of the Conference, including the Conference Office, the Bishop’s residence, all the District Offices and parsonages,  and all the Camp & Retreat Centers. Its purview includes protection and preservation of church property and maintaining insurance coverage for all real estate and vehicles.

The board’s joint Employee/Management Safety Committee seeks to maintain the quality of life of conference employees by providing work places free from recognized and controllable hazards. Trustees also care for Workers’ Compensation concerns.

Because of the UMC’s Trust Clause–which makes church buildings property of their annual conference, held in trust for use by the congregation–when a church closes (rather than merges with another church) the Conference Trustees typically are charged with selling the church buildings and land. They have little relationship with local church trustees, save for offering occasional information, advice and training, but not any financial assistance. Local church trustees deal directly with the conference’s insurance brokers to have their insurance claims expedited.

The elected officers of the Eastern PA Conference Board of Trustees are: Alvin Kingcade, President; James Cooksey, Vice-President; and Sandra Wolfe, Secretary. The Conference Treasurer and Conference Legal Counsel (Robert Shoemaker) both serve in those roles for the Trustees as well. These five persons serve as the board’s Executive Committee. Trustee Board meetings are on first Fridays monthly, from September through June.

Eastern PA Conference Board of Trustees

President: Mr. William Thresher, wjt1950@hotmail.com


An insurance e-book resource for congregations from UMI

United Methodist Insurance (UMI), the insurance company for the denomination’s local churches, provides a free, easy-to-use resource for local churches that briefly explains insurance concepts to be considered when reviewing church insurance policies.  UMI is a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the UMC’s General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA)

The Safety and Insurance Handbook for Churches is the newly released e-book that explains property and liability insurance in clear language and assists church leaders in protecting church assets by having adequate insurance.

The booklet, which takes a deep dive into types of insurance that every local United Methodist church should have to be adequately protected covers the topics of:

  • Property
  • General Liability
  • Directors’ and Officers’ Liability/Employment Practices Liability
  • Auto, including Hired and Non-owned
  • Workers’ Compensation and Employer’s Liability
  • Excess/Umbrella Liability
  • Commercial Crime
  • Travel Accident and Sickness

The e-book is designed for church leaders to refer to when making decisions about property and casualty insurance and risk management. Each chapter addresses common scenarios that a local church might face and offers tips for dealing with or preparing for them.  The index of key words is an easy access to sections that apply to insurance issues. The ebook contains a glossary for definitions of common terms and checklists that can help a local church increase safety.

To receive the free ebook, click here.  

“United Methodist Insurance’s only mission is protecting the property and ministries of The United Methodist Church. Its programs are specially designed to provide adequate insurance protection to our churches, annual conferences and agencies as outlined in The Book of Discipline. United Methodist Insurance is a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church.” www.uminsure.org