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Board of Pensions repeats Best Places to Work honor

Adds Healthiest Employer award to its list of accomplishments

by Lea Sitton Stanley, Board of Pensions | Special to Presbyterian News Service

Presbyterian Board of Pensions employees, including the Rev. Frank Spencer at right, celebrate a Philadelphia Business Journal award recognizing it as one of the best places to work. (Contributed photo)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Right on the heels of being named one of the Healthiest Employers in Greater Philadelphia, the Board of Pensions has earned a spot on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s list of Best Places to Work for the second year in a row.

“We do a lot of talking to churches and affiliated organizations about being the best employer they can be,” said the Rev. Frank Clark Spencer, President of the Board. “But this isn’t just talk for us. We know it starts with us, and that we need to be the best employer we can be.”

A team from the Board received the honor at the 2019 Best Places to Work celebratory breakfast, held July 30.

The Board of Pensions appears on the 2019 Best Places to Work list in the large employer category (100 to 499). Headquartered in Philadelphia, the agency competed against other employers in the city and in its nearby Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs.

“Big name, successful businesses of all sizes compete to get onto this list every year,” Spencer said. “We’re proud of our employees and grateful to them for putting us back on top.”

Employees who work at Board headquarters took a survey sponsored by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The companies with the highest ratings made it onto the Best Places to Work list. The survey questions gauged opportunities for personal growth and management’s willingness to embrace change and new ideas, as well as employee impressions of their work environment.

Holistic well-being is the Board’s foundation for everything, including its culture. The benefits and programs it offers, to churches and employers as well as to its own staff, foster spiritual, health, financial, and vocational wholeness. The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized this commitment to wholeness, and so also placed the Board among the 2019 Healthiest Employers in Greater Philadelphia.

Call to Health helped us win this honor,” said April Eutsey, the Board’s Director of Employee Development and Engagement. “This well-being program is open to all active members of the Medical Plan — that means ministers and employees throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its affiliated employers. Our staff here at the Board has really embraced it, with over 80 percent participation every year.”

“Fun and important,” is how Spencer described the Healthiest Employers recognition. “From Call to Health to volunteering at Broad Street Ministry, from family leave to noontime yoga, and onsite vaccines to monthly prayer gatherings — mind, body, and spirit are all supported.”

“These honors help us to know that we are on the right path,” said Susan Reimann, the agency’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Promoting the well-being of those who serve the Board in its mission enhances how we serve others — and that is essential as we focus on being a creative, progressive partner for the future of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”

Lea Sitton Stanley is agency writer at the Board of Pensions, which supports wholeness in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) community and care for Benefits Plan members. For information, contact

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