Pension Board

The Orthodox Church in America Pension Plan was established in 1976 to provide a retirement income to clergy and full time workers of the Church. All American Councils have mandated participation in the Plan for all clergy and have appointed the Pension Board to supervise the administration of the Plan. The Board maintains this area of the OCA website to provide information and tools related to participation in the Plan. 

Please note that while participation in the Plan has been mandated for clergy since 1976, a recent restatement of the Plan removed the reduction of benefit penalty for benefits accruing effective January 1, 2010. However, no benefit will accrue for those who fail to participate. Please review the Plan Booklet below to learn more about how you can begin accruing benefits today. The Plan’s administrator and bookkeeper are available for any questions you might have. As always, the Board reminds all clergy to seek professional tax advice.

The Pension Board has proudly been providing monthly benefits to retirees, widows, and beneficiaries for over 40 years. This is a very valuable benefit for those eligible to participate.


New and Current Participants

Enrollment Form

Designation of Beneficiary

Collection Policy


Pension Booklet for Grandfathered Members - November 2008
(updated 2014)

Pension Booklet for Nongrandfathered Members - January 2010
(updated 2014)

Pension Booklet for Members joining after January 1, 2014
(updated 2018)


Form W4P

Direct Deposit

Parsonage Designation 2017

Parsonage Designation 2018

Parsonage Designation 2019

Parsonage Designation 2020

Policy on Retired Clergy & Temporary Service

Retired Priests Serving Missions