Medical Benevolence Fund
The 12th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church established a Medical Benevolence Fund to assist with the medical premiums of certain ministers in need. This fund will provide half (50%) of a qualifying pastor’s medical premiums for the EPC Medical Plan.
Active qualifying ministers may receive up to twelve months of assistance. Retired qualifying ministers could receive additional months, but may also qualify for assistance through the Gratitude Gift, administered by the Board of Benefits.
Categories of eligible persons are:
1. EPC Ministers who are without call.
2. Pastors of EPC mission churches which do not have a mother
3. Retired EPC ministers.
Application may be initiated by a qualifying minister needing assistance or by that minister’s presbytery. The presbytery of which the minister is a member should complete the Application for Distribution of Medical Benevolence Funds form and submit it to the Benevolence Committee care of the Office of the Stated Clerk. By approving the application, the submitting presbytery is agreeing to pay half (50%) of the applicant’s EPC Medical Plan premiums for the period of assistance.
It is the intention that this Fund shall never pay more than one-half of the actual amount of the medical benefit premium paid on behalf of each individual beneficiary. The Benevolence Committee shall receive applications on a quarterly basis in January, April, July and October.
In the event that the income from this fund is not sufficient to pay the entire one-half of the need of the individual applicants in any year, then the Benevolence Committee shall order its distributions to be made pro-rata based upon the amount of income available from this Fund.
Click here to obtain the Application for Distribution of Medical Benevolence Funds. Once you open the application, save it to your computer. You may then type directly onto the application. Print a copy and submit to your Presbytery Officer for approval. The Presbytery then forwards to the EPC General Assembly Office. The Presbytery may fax the application to (734) 742-2033 or email to for approval.