Preparing for Your Future

Preparing for Your Future

Preparing for Your Future is a unique opportunity to learn about the many benefits affecting your life and ministry. You will be given guidance on all life stages from active ministry to a retirement lifestyle. Caring for one's physical, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing is essential to maintaining, and even improving, one's quality of life.

The Tuesday morning events are aimed at clergy several years from retirement who wish to learn and prepare for the next stage of life and ministry. The Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning events are open to clergy retiring within the next five years and those retiring July 1, 2023. One-on-one consultations will be available throughout the day on Tuesday and until noon on Wednesday.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 25 - Wednesday, April 26, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina. Hotel accommodations are provided by the Board of Pensions (room and tax only) at Hampton Inn (401 W. Schilling Rd, Salina, KS) or Comfort Inn (715 W. Schilling Rd, Salina, KS). You do not need to make your own reservations. Breakfast will be provided at the hotels at no cost to you.

Lunch and dinner on Tuesday will be provided by the Board of Pensions for those who register.

View Wespath workshop descriptions for this event.

If you have questions about the schedule, registration, or hotel accomodations, contact Adryan Eubanks at 785-414-4207 or


Event schedule:

Tuesday, April 25  
10 a.m.  Achieving Financial Wellness
11:30 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. Dissolve That Debt
12:30 p.m. Break
12:40 p.m. Benefits Access Basic Overview
1 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. Estate Planning
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m. Social Security & Retirement
3:45 p.m. Break
4 p.m. Medicare
5 p.m. Dinner
Wednesday, April 26  
9 a.m. Cover Pension Plans
10 a.m. Benefits Access Making Retirement Selections

Meet the presenters

Debra Wood

Deb is the family resource management agent at the K-State Research and Extension Office in Salina. Deb earned her Master's degree in personal financial planning from K-State and is a Certified Financial Planner. As a certified SHICK Counselor for Kansas' Senior Health Insurance Program, Deb has counseled hundreds of Medicare beneficiaries through initial and open enrollment processes and regularly provides educational programming in the area.

Deb will discuss:

  • Medicare enrollment periods
  • Medicare parts A and B
  • Medicare supplement plans
  • Prescription drug plans
  • Medicare Advantage Plans

Bob Christophel

Bob Christophel is manger, benefits education at Wespath. He oversees a team of benefit educators who provide financial, retirement and other benefits education services for clergy and lay employees throughout the denomination. Prior to joining Wespath in 2014, Bob worked for 12 years at the Cultural Institutions Retirement System in New York City, a not-for-profit multi-employer pension and 401(k) system, providing benefit communications and participant education for employees of New York City museums, botanical gardens, zoos and performing arts centers. Before that, Bob spent 12 years at Dreyfus Corporation, where he was a licensed investment representative in a corporate retirement services division, focused primarily on participant education for national corporate 401(k) plans.

Todd Creviston

Todd Creviston is a benefits educator and health promotion manager at Wespath Benefits and Investments. He has held this dual role for the past 5 years. This role allows Todd to tap into his 30 years of experience in health education, well-being, and benefits education. On the weekends Todd enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.

Bob Fairbrook

Bob Fairbrook has been a financial counselor since 1979, including eleven years as a partner at Retirement Benefits Specialists in Bellevue, WA. Prior to that, Bob owned Northwest Retirement Planning in Seattle and served as an adjunct Professor at City University in Bellevue. Bob graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and has been a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) since 1995. Bob has been a Workshop Presenter for EY since 2009 and served on the Investment Committee for the American Medical Association Foundation in Chicago for six years.