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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
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Newport News, VA 23606-3071
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Healthcare, Pension & Compensation


Insurance for clergy and lay employees

The diocese provides insurance plans for all diocesan employees and for clergy and lay employees of those congregations that have elected to participate in the diocesan plans.

Medical Insurance

For information on rates and a summary of the plans, follow the links below. In order for you to enroll, you must be employed by the diocese or a parish or mission of this Diocese as an exempt employee or an hourly employee working 1,500 hours or more a year. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact The Rev. Canon Ed Tracy, 757-213-3378 or etracy@diosova.org.

Open Enrollment for 2021 Health plans is October 28 through November 18, 2020. Click here for info.

Disability Claims

Effective January 1, 2020, Zurich is the new insurer for the short and long-term disability plans offered by The Church Pension Group. New disability claims must be reported directly to Zurich by visiting https://mybenefits.zurichna.com/s/ or calling Zurich at 1-800-206-8826, M-F, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.

If you have questions or concerns, contact CPG at 855-215-5990, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) or email admin-assist@cpg.org. 

Short Term Disability & Clergy Maternity Leave
When a cleric gives birth they are immediately covered by short term disability for 12 weeks. There is no elimination period or waiting period in this situation. This assumes the parish continues to pay the cleric's salary at 100%. Upon doing so, the parish receives 70% of the cleric's compensation for the twelve weeks. Before the birth takes place the cleric may contact Zurich and let them know of the circumstances. Zurich will discuss the process from there. Please note that the clergy maternity leave policy is different from that of lay employees.


Church Pension Fund

Information regarding the Church Pension Fund can be found here: http://www.cpg.org/

Clergy Compensation Manual & Guidelines

Each year, the Compensation Commission recommends a cost-of-living adjustment for clergy and lay employees and re-issues Clergy Compensation Information & Guidelines. The compensation table reflects comparable pension-based total compensation amounts based on the size of the congregation, using pledge and plate revenues and average Sunday attendance from the Parochial Reports. These are merely guidelines to be used by the vestry and clergy to determine compensation for the clergy.

2020 Clergy Compensation Information & Guidelines