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Wespath Update

Dear participant,

As the summer season winds down, change is on the horizon. You may be experiencing a lot of change, such as the beginning of a new school year, a new year of programming at your local church or the phasing-in of on-site employees at your workplace. As British statesman and novelist Benjamin Disraeli once said: “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”

In this Wespath update, you’ll learn of several changes on our horizon, such as our recent announcement of Andrew (Andy) Hendren as our next Chief Executive Officer/General Secretary and our quarterly newsletter changes. You’ll also learn about educational opportunities to help you achieve your retirement goals and prepare for financial challenges.

With more than 100 years of success and sustainability behind our retirement plans, investments solutions, and health benefit plans, Wespath remains committed to caring for those who serve—especially during seasons of change.

Wespath Announces CEO/General Secretary-Elect

Wespath’s Board of Directors has elected Andrew (Andy) Hendren as our next Chief Executive Officer and General Secretary, effective January 3, 2022. Hendren will succeed current CEO/General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain, who will retire at the end of 2021 after leading Wespath for more than 27 years.

Hendren currently is Wespath’s Chief Legal and Governance Officer and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. He has strong relationships throughout The United Methodist Church, with other denominations through leadership roles in the multi-denominational Church Alliance, and within legislative and regulatory circles.

“I’m excited to guide the next chapter of Wespath’s service and support for our participants and investors,” said Hendren. Learn more about Wespath’s next leader in this press release.

Quarterly Newsletter Changes

This fall, Wespath will launch a new quarterly newsletter combining the financial, retirement and investment articles in HARK! with the health and well-being topics of Dimensions. Topics in the new quarterly Dimensions will include retirement and financial planning, tips and resources to improve the five dimensions of your well-being (spiritual, social, mental-emotional, physical and financial), stories about how your investments are making an impact in communities, and the fan favorite: healthy and tasty recipes.

If you haven’t already done so, GO GREEN and begin receiving your quarterly statements electronically. Log into Benefits Access and go to “Profile” to make the switch.

We want to hear from you

If you have any topics or questions you would like us to address in our newsletter and other communications, we want to know. Please send any ideas, questions or comments to

The Next Your UMPIP Webinar Airs Sept. 22

Wespath will hold the third installment of this year’s Your UMPIP Webinar series on Wednesday, September 22, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Central time. Register now!

During this webinar, you’ll learn helpful information about achieving your retirement goals, with guidance on how to access your accounts before (and after) retirement according to your circumstances and specific plan provisions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with information you’ll need to join the webinar. A recording of the webinar will be available after one business day at if you are unable to attend.

Recordings of this year’s Your UMPIP webinars are also available:

  • June 23: Contribution accounts and available funds offered through Wespath
  • March 24: An overview of UMPIP

EY Webinar: “Creating a Disaster Plan for Your Finances”

Preparing for a pandemic, hurricane, flood or other natural disaster can include assembling an emergency supply kit, developing a family communication plan and/or planning an evacuation route. But you should also take steps to minimize the effect of an unexpected event on your finances. This 30-minute webinar from EY Financial Planning Services on August 19 covers emergency savings and insurance, and outlines what documents and/or items belong in your emergency financial kit. Sign in at to register.

Market Update

The Monthly Investment Report for July 2021 is now available, along with the Markets at a Glance video from Amy Bulger, Wespath's Director of Private Markets.

Now available: Sustainable Investment Report

Through sustainable investing, your retirement assets make a global impact! Read our 2019 – 2020 report today.

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