Can't find something?

We're here to help.

Send us an email at:

and we'll get back with you as soon as possible.

2019 Pre-Retirement Seminar

The Pre-Retirement Seminar for clergy and conference lay employees, sponsored by the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits, will be held October 14-15, 2019 at the West Bay Beach Resort, Traverse City, Michigan. This seminar is designed to assist you in planning for your retirement. It is a cooperative project within the Michigan Conference, bringing together special skills and talents in retirement, financial planning, and estate planning. If your registration is received by September 2, 2019, Wespath will be able to provide you with a Personal Pension Projection Printout. Below you will find details on the speakers, topics, schedule, and registration. Please note, a continental breakfast and lunch on Monday and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday are include in the registration costs.


  • “Estate Planning, Retired Clergy Taxes” with Rev. David Bell, United Methodist Foundation
  • “Michigan Conference Health Care” with Rev. Donald J. Emmert, Director of Conference Benefits & HR, and BenePro Representative
  • “Social Security” with EY Representative
  • “Pension Benefits” with Wespath Benefits Educator


Monday, October 14th

Tuesday, October 15th

7:30-9 AM: Continental Breakfast in the View & Check-in Outside Leelanau Conference Room      7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast in View
9-9:30 AM: Welcome and Worship      8:45 AM: Morning Devotions
9:30 AM – 5 PM: Seminars (Lunch at noon in View)      9 AM – 12 PM: Pension Benefits
5 PM: Dinner/Free Evening on Your Own      12:15-1 PM: Lunch in View
       Seminar concludes following lunch.

Click here to register for the Michigan Conference Pre-Retirement Seminar for clergy and conference lay employees. Your reservation will be confirmed by e-mail.

$225 Registration Fee/Two Nights (Oct. 13 & 14)*
+ $75 Spouse

$150 Registration Fee/One Night (Oct. 14 Only)
+ $75 Spouse

$75 Registration Fee/No Overnight Accommodations
+ $75 Spouse

Paying by Check?
Make check payable to: Michigan Conference. Mail with a copy of your email registration confirmation email to:

Attention: Jennifer Gertz
Michigan Conference Center North
1161 East Clark Road, Suite 212
DeWitt, MI 48820

Deadline for registering is September 2, 2019. Cancellation Policy: Reservations must be cancelled by September 9, 2019 to be refunded. 

*Limited rooms available for Oct. 13th. Register early to reserve your room.


Pre-Retirement Seminar and overnight lodging at:

Holiday Inn West Bay Beach Resort
615 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
(Check In: 4 PM & Check Out: 11 AM)

West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort

Facilities include:

Free WiFi
Free Parking
Fitness Center
Indoor Pool
Smoke-Free Property



Contact Jennifer Gertz at 810-233-5500 ext. 4135 or or John Kosten at 810-233-5500 ext. 4111 or