A Conversation with the Church Pension Group

In advance of General Convention, we invite you to attend a conversation between Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) President Donald Romanik and Church Pension Group (CPG) CEO and President Mary Kate Wold in which they will discuss CPG’s vision, finances, and work.

You’ll learn about how CPG stays abreast of the evolving needs of the people and institutions it serves; how it makes key decisions about benefits, products, and services it offers; what lessons it learned from the COVID-19 pandemic; and how it manages its finances.

This conversation will be of interest to deputies, clergy, lay employees, volunteers, and lay leaders who serve The Episcopal Church.

Replay the June 29, 2022 webinar:

Opening Prayer

The Rev. Clayton D. Crawley
Chief Church Relations Officer
Church Pension Group

Welcoming Remarks and Panel Discussion

Donald Romanik
President
Episcopal Church Foundation

Mary Kate Wold
CEO and President
Church Pension Group

The Rev. Clayton Crawley
Chief Church Relations Officer
Church Pension Group

The Reverend Clayton Crawley is Executive Vice President and Chief Church Relations Officer. He is responsible for strengthening CPG’s ties with the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the General Convention, and other groups and stakeholders around The Episcopal Church. He joined CPG in 1999.

Previously, Fr. Crawley led CPG’s technology program and served as Chief Information Officer. Prior to this, he was the Associate Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, California. He has more than 25 years of ordained ministry experience and currently serves as a non-stipendiary priest at St. Bartholomew's Parish and Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. 

He holds an MDiv from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

Donald V. Romanik
President
Episcopal Church Foundation

Donald V. Romanik has been President of the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) since 2005.

Since taking the helm at ECF, Donald has developed and nurtured new programs that help Episcopal communities of faith engage in visioning and planning, develop leadership, and raise financial resources for ministry. He has cultivated new partnerships and collaborations throughout the Church and beyond, including a multi-phase grant awarded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. to address the economic challenges facing pastoral leaders. He possesses strong Spanish language skills and has expanded ECF’s programs to serve bilingual, Spanish-speaking congregations, as well as rural, Indigenous, and historically Black worshipping communities.     

Donald is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College in Hartford and earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining ECF, he was Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs for The Connecticut Institute for the Blind/Oak Hill, a charitable organization based in Hartford, and also served as an attorney in both government and private practice. He has been active in a variety of civic, charitable, and religious organizations and was a former member and President of the Hartford Board of Education.

Donald is a strong advocate of the ministry of all the baptized, and frequently writes and speaks on topics relating to leadership and resource development for Episcopal organizations. He has worked to develop new models of lay+clergy partnerships and effective leadership teams to empower future leaders for a changing Church. 

Mary Kate Wold
Chief Executive Officer and President
Church Pension Group

As Chief Executive Officer and President of CPG, Mary Kate Wold leads a $18 billion financial services enterprise that provides retirement, health, life insurance, property and casualty insurance, and other products and services to The Episcopal Church. She also serves as a member of the board of trustees of The Church Pension Fund, CPG’s governing body.

Mary Kate has served in a variety of leadership positions in the corporate, legal, and government sectors. Prior to joining CPG, she was a senior finance executive and principal corporate officer of Wyeth, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Before embarking on her corporate career, she was a Partner at and chaired the tax practice group of Shearman & Sterling, a leading global law firm. Earlier in her career, she served in the Office of Tax Policy of the United States Department of the Treasury.

She chairs the board of the Church Benefits Association, a national association of faith-based benefits organizations, and she serves on the vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street and on its investment committee, which oversees the institution’s $5 billion real estate and securities portfolio. She is a former Director and Chair of a publicly traded medical device company. Mary Kate’s professional affiliations include membership in the Women’s Forum of New York and Women Corporate Directors.

Mary Kate spent her childhood in Bottineau, North Dakota, a small, rural community on the Canadian border.

She graduated summa cum laude from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a BA in English and theater and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She later graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.