Geneva Benefits Group Launches Look After Fundraising Campaign and Matching Program in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Relief Fund

Campaign Will Provide Support to Pastors, Widows, and Ministry Workers in Need and Offer Matching Funds Up to $85,000

Lawrenceville, GAGeneva Benefits Group, the leading provider of retirement and benefits services for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), is thrilled to announce the launch of its annual Look After Fundraising Campaign and matching program, dedicated to benefiting the Relief Fund. This initiative coincides with the Relief Fund’s momentous 50th anniversary and is made possible through the generous support of the Geneva Board of Directors and an anonymous donor.

Over the past 50 years, Geneva’s Relief Fund has been a beacon of hope, extending a helping hand to PCA pastors, widows, and ministry workers in need. Since its inception at the first PCA General Assembly in 1973, the Relief Fund has given over $12 million to individuals in financial distress, offering solace, comfort, and hope. This monumental support has been made possible by the collective effort of over 900 PCA churches that have generously contributed to the Relief Fund.

This year, Geneva set an ambitious goal for its Look After fundraising campaign: to raise $1.5 million for the Relief Fund by the end of the calendar year. In a testament to the incredible commitment of the Geneva Board of Directors and an anonymous donor, all gifts up to $85,000 will be generously matched.

“Geneva has always been deeply committed to supporting the spiritual and financial health of PCA pastors and ministry workers, and the Relief Fund is a shining embodiment of this commitment,” said Chris Zurbach, Director of Philanthropy and Marketing at Geneva. “Through this campaign, we’re not only celebrating a half-century of transformative impact but also empowering churches and members to continue providing much-needed relief and hope to those in need.”

The Relief Fund’s Impact

The Relief Fund’s profound impact on the lives of those it has touched is a testament to its importance. Here are just a few compelling stories that highlight the Relief Fund’s life-changing support:

  • Mike, a church planter paralyzed in a bike accident, shared, “God is using the Relief Fund to sustain my family and me so we can continue to live out the calling God has placed in our lives.”
  • Mary Lu, a pastor’s wife widowed by a tragic heart attack, expressed, “From my experience as a new widow, I can see the need so strongly for the Relief Fund. It’s caring for people in real-time with real problems.”
  • Bill, a retired pastor who still preaches every Sunday at 84, gratefully acknowledged, “I didn’t save as much as I needed to or as early as I needed to… I’m deeply grateful for the churches and donors who support the Relief Fund.”
  • Peggy, a pastor’s widow who suffered a tragic apartment fire, said, “When I lost everything, I felt God was still taking care of me.”
  • The Rogers family, who received critical health insurance support as they planted a church outside of Atlanta, affirmed, “It was a physical manifestation of God’s overarching care for us in a time of transition.”
  • Shim, a pastor who, during the challenging financial season of the COVID pandemic, testified, “Had it not been for [the Relief Fund], we would not have met and made disciples.”

To join Geneva in supporting the Relief Fund and making a difference in the lives of those in need, please visit genevabenefits.org/relief-fund/lookafter.

About Geneva: Geneva Benefits Group is the leading provider of retirement and benefits services for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). With a mission to guide PCA pastors and ministry workers through the complexities of financial planning and employee benefits, Geneva offers a range of services and resources designed to ensure the wellbeing and long-term flourishing of those serving in ministry. For more information, visit genevabenefits.org.

Geneva Benefits Group serves those who serve others, providing practical support for the financial, physical, and mental wellbeing of people who work in full-time ministry.

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