When Your Pension Benefits Begin

If you are vested under the Clergy Pension Plan, there are three instances when you can or must retire and start to receive your pension benefits:

Early Retirement At or after age 55
Normal Retirement At or after age 65
Mandatory Church Retirement Age At age 72*

* If you turned age 70½ prior to January 1, 2020, you may have been required to start receiving your pension by no later than April 1 of the year following the year in which you turned age 70½ (or, if later, by April 1 of the year following the year in which you stopped working in the Church).