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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 are vested and stop working in the Church prior to age 72 and have not yet retired under the Clergy Pension Plan, the Internal Revenue Service requires that you must begin receiving your pension by no later than April 1 of the year following the year in which you turn age 70½ (or, if later, by April 1 of the year following the year in which you stop working in the Church).

When Your Pension Benefits Begin