January 27, 2017
Greetings to all ELCA Interim Ministers!
ELCA Intentional Interim Pastors now have a direct contact at Portico Benefits for all transition matters. The contact is Andy Feller, Portico Customer Care Advocate, whose email address is [email protected]. Andy can also be reached by phone at 800-352-2876 ext. 4060, but the email contact usually works best.
This contact originated from a discussion between Portico CEO Jeff Thiemann and IMA Board Member Dick Mathisen at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans. Dick wanted to discuss a closer relationship between Portico and I.M.A. Jeff was delighted to learn about the Interim Ministry Association interest, because Portico already had begun an effort to improve the service offered to Intentional Interim Ministers and needed some specific information.
Andy Feller’s contact information had already been posted on Facebook by IMA Board Member Chris Berry from the Sierra Pacific Synod. Chris Berry reports that after the Andy Feller contact was posted, several interim pastors who had been having difficulties with Portico were able to quickly resolve their problems.
As all Interim Ministers are aware, every change of call involves a lot of moving parts with some very specific deadlines. A delay in one piece of information can have a significant effect. Also, Intentional Interim Ministers have the possible availability of Disability Insurance. Many thanks to CEO Jeff Thiemann at Portico for providing this direct assistance to Intentional Interim Ministers!