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: VK Macwana, President; Larry Pickens, Vice President; and Mary Jane Kirby, Secretary. The CFO/Conference Treasurer Jo Fielding and Conference Chancellor (Matthew Morley) 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.
Property & Liability Information
Insurance Program Administrator
Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc.
350 Eagleview Blvd.
Exton, PA 19341
Leslie S. Korsunsky
Toll-free: 1-800-627-3732 ext. 233
Boiler Inspection Information
All boilers and pressure vessels must comply with Pennsylvania’s Boiler and Unfired Pressure Vessel Law and its regulations and are subject to periodic inspections. The following is the info that the churches will need in order to set up an inspection:
- Hartford Steam Boiler – new boiler inspection company
- Toll-free: 800-333-4677, M-F 8am-7pm EST
- Email: email@example.com
Churches will be asked for:
- Church Mutual account Number: 0500016-02-808890
- Named Insured: Eastern PA Conf. of the UMC
- Location name and address for each building to be inspected
- Contact name and number