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Official Website of the AMEC Department of Retirement Investments & Insurance

For those of us old enough to remember the late and legendary singer Sam Cooke may also remember one of his greatest hits ever entitled, "A Change Is Going To Come" written in 1964. These proved to be prophetic words for the African Methodist Episcopal Church as 1964 was also the year that the Ministerial Retirement Annuity Plan (f/k/a the "Pension Plan") was established by the General Conference. It was this "change" that has made a significant difference in the lives of so many ministerial retirees for the past forty-seven years. Now, nearly a half century later, the former "Pension Department" — now known as the Department of Annuity Investments and Insurance-has again brought about a significant "change" that will effectively transform the financial security of our entire Zion for years to come.

With the unanimous concurrence of the 2011 Bishops Council/General Board which was held in Columbia, South Carolina on June 29th, the AMEC Captive Insurance Company was voted into existence as recommended by the Department. For more than fifteen years the Church had struggled with making the concept of owning its own insurance company a reality, almost to the point of it being abandoned in frustration. But the Bishops Council/General Board meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008 voted to make one last attempt by adopting a different strategy and placing the primary responsibility for this initiative under the auspices of the Commission for the Department of Annuity Investments and Insurance, the Commission Chairman, Bishop McKinley Young, and the Executive Director of the Department.

Through a meticulous and aggressive collaborative effort, this ambitious dream that was born more than a decade ago has now become a reality. But your dedicated and ongoing support continues to be needed. If your church has not already done so, please submit your church insurance information to Dickerson Employee Benefits immediately. They will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you might have. They can be reached by telephone at 1-800-457-6116 or by email at

For additional information about the Captive Insurance Company, click on the "A New Day Dawns" banner. For truly, a new day has dawned for African Methodism.


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AMEC Department of Annuity Investments & Insurance
P.O. Box 1857
Memphis, TN 38101-1857

+(800) 992-6327 [office]
+(800) 992-5285 [fax]