Press Release: Hendren Named GBPHB General Counsel

February 23, 2015


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 that Andrew “Andy” Hendren will succeed Sarah Hirsen as general counsel, effective April 1, 2015.

Andy has served as GBPHB in-house counsel since he joined the agency in 2004 and was promoted to associate general counsel in 2007. He is widely known across the UMC as GBPHB’s “resident expert” on all matters related to Health Care Reform. But his expertise is also in the areas of taxation and regulation of health and welfare benefits, ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, church plan exemptions, COBRA, HIPAA, Medicare, and other federal and state health benefit laws, as well as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Andy frequently works with the UMC National Association of Annual Conference Treasurers (NAACT) and the Association of United Methodist Conference Pension Benefit Officers (AUMCPBO).

GBPHB is a member of the Church Alliance, an ecumenical coalition of CEOs of 38 church benefit programs. Andy actively participates with the Church Alliance’s Core Lawyer Working Group, authoring a number of ACA public comment letters and participating in federal regulatory meetings about the ACA’s impact on church employers, and also the impact of other federal laws on church retirement and health plans and church investment practices.

Before joining GBPHB, Andy was an associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin LLP (2001-04) and served as law clerk to Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice William Ray Price (2000-01). He received his JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley in 2000; an MS (Economics) from Iowa State University; and a BA (Economics) from Truman State University.


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, with Church-authorized fiduciary responsibility for the benefit plans it administers and the assets it invests.

Prudent investment management decisions are an ongoing, long-term priority, supporting benefit plans for over 91,000 participants and approximately $21 billion in assets managed on their behalf, and for many United Methodist-affiliated endowments, foundations and other institutions. This fiduciary obligation reflects the stated values of the Church and helps ensure financial, environmental and social sustainability across all investments.

GBPHB is the largest reporting faith-based pension fund and among the top 100 pension funds in the United States. As a sustainable investor, GBPHB is committed to active ownership through corporate and public policy engagement, proxy voting and the management of excessive sustainability risk. Through its Positive Social Purpose Lending program, GBPHB invests in affordable housing, community development and expanded loan opportunities for disadvantaged communities worldwide.



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