GBPHB General Counsel to Retire

September 29, 2014


For Immediate Release

Contact: M. Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications
(847) 866-4296 or

Glenview, IL—The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) today announced the retirement of General Counsel Sarah Hirsen effective April 1, 2015, following 17 years of service as head of the GBPHB Legal and Compliance Departments.

Ms. Hirsen joined GBPHB in 1997 as Associate General Counsel and was promoted to General Counsel in 2002. Over the years, she served as liaison to the agency Board of Directors’ Audit, Legislation and Appeals Committees, supported the Executive Committee, and served as Corporate Secretary. Over the past three years, she also supported the interests of 38 denominations as Secretary/Treasurer for the Church Alliance and, prior to that, as Secretary of the Church Benefits Association.

General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain commented, “Sarah has supported the interests of our 91,000 plan participants by preparing pension and health plan petitions for the past four General Conferences; she trained three boards of directors on corporate governance; and is a member of the agency’s Senior Leadership Team. We greet her retirement announcement with gratitude for the commitment she has made over the course of her career with the UMC. We wish her the very best as she transitions into retirement.”

GBPHB will announce a successor general counsel later this year.


About the General Board
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) is a not-for-profit administrative agency of The United Methodist Church, responsible for the general supervision and administration of the retirement, health and welfare benefit plans, programs and funds for more than 91,000 clergy and lay employees of the Church.

GBPHB is the largest faith-based pension fund in the United States and ranks among the top 100 pension funds in the country. As a socially responsible investor, GBPHB is actively involved in shareholder advocacy, proxy voting, portfolio screening and community investing.



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