BOP Staff

Paul Extrum-Fernandez, Chief Benefits Officer

Paul is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. He grew up in Texas where his father served as a clergy member of the Rio Grande Annual Conference. Paul has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.) and Boston University (M.S.).

Paul has worked in an administrative role with the Council of Bishops, as an Associate Council on Ministries Director and later as a Co-Director of Connectional Ministries with the California-Nevada Conference. He also served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement with Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his role as Executive Officer and Conference Benefits Officer for the Board of Pensions, he serves as a Central Conference pension consultant with Wespath. Paul is married to Renae, who is a clergy member of the California-Nevada conference. They have two daughters, Elana and Daniela.

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Brian Grimmer, Assistant Benefits Officer

Brian grew up in Virginia and is the son of a United Methodist pastor and an elementary school teacher. He is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College. Brian spent several years working in human resources prior to joining the Board of Pensions in 2015. He is married with one daughter. Contact Brian with questions about health insurance, wellness programs, billing issues, or other general benefit areas.

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Andrea Winchester, Office Manager

Andrea Meek Winchester is an ordained elder in the UMC who retired early when she discerned that the itinerant life would not work for herself and her young family.  After ten years of pastoral ministry, she worked a variety of jobs, including a stint as the Administrative Assistant to the Conference Youth and Camping Coordinator, and ten years with the Sacramento Public Library as a librarian assistant.  Currently she is working to earn her certificate as a Primal Health Coach.  She loves working for the Board of Pensions, and writing about how health can be promoted throughout our lives, especially into retirement.  She is married to the love of her life, Jim, and they have two adult sons, Evan and Ethan.  

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