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Benefits Staff

Don EmmertDonald Emmert
Director of Conference Benefits and Human Resources
517-347-4030 ext. 4110

The Director of Conference Benefits and Human Resources oversees all benefits related to annual conference clergy, conference staff, and employees of related agencies. This includes Retirement Plans (Pension), Welfare Plans (Disability and Death), Conference Health Care Plans, and Conference Payrolls.

What if…

  • What if I have a change regarding dependents on my health care plan?
  • What if I have a question regarding my benefits, either now or in the future?
  • What if I have questions how an appointment beyond the local church or in another conference might affect my benefits in retirement?
  • What if I have questions about the Conference health care or pension apportionment billings?
  • What if there is a death in a clergy family?

Becky EmmertBecky Emmert
Operations Manager of Treasury and Benefits
517-347-4030 ext. 4131

The Operations Manager’s duties include the operational management of the Treasury and Benefits staff. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations, the operational efficiency, the work flow administration, and the customer service of the staff. They also coordinate schedules and appointments for both the Treasury and Benefits departments.

What If…

  • What if I do not know who to call in treasury?
  • What if I need to make an appointment with someone in Treasury or Benefits?
  • What if I have a customer service concern?

John KostenJohn Kosten
Benefits Administrator
517-347-4030 ext. 4111

The benefits administrator is currently responsible for administering the Michigan Conference health insurance and pension benefits.

What if…

  • What if I have a question about a  local church or retiree health care monthly billing?
  • What if I have a question about health insurance coverage, or have a problem with a claim?
  • What if I have a question about a monthly pension billing amount?

Jennifer GertzJennifer Gertz
EZRA Specialist and Administrative Assistant to Executive Administrator
517-347-4030 ext. 4135

The EZRA Specialist person is responsible for all issues pertaining to the EZRA system in regards to Conference, District, and Local Church leadership. This includes, but not limited to, inputting information and training personnel in using the EZRA system.

The administrative assistant is responsible for the basic administrative work for both treasury and the benefit’s department but primarily for Benefits’.

What If…

  • What if I need benefits forms?
  • What if I need to reset my password in Ezra?
  • What If I need to enter leadership in the Ezra Church Dashboard?
  • What if I need mailing labels?
  • What if I have an Ezra question?

Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits

The Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits (CBOPHB) “…shall have charge of the interests and work of proving pensioning of clergy and their families, other church workers, and lay employees of the institutions, organization, and agencies within that annual conference of The United Methodist Church, except as otherwise provided for by the general board.” (¶639 of the 2016 The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church)

Rev. Donald Emmert, Director of Conference Benefits and Human Resources

Rev. Steve Buck - CBOPHB Chair

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