The History of Insurance Board

How It Began

In 1979 a local church trustee and entrepreneur in northern California felt that churches could improve insurance costs and improve services by forming group policies. The money saved by the churches could be put toward mission opportunities.

By 1981, a group insurance program was established in northern California. Within a year, six western conferences had joined. Insurance Board now is governed by the 38 UCC conferences.

How We Grew

In 1991, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), joined the program, which was endorsed by the Executive Committee of the Conference of Regional Ministers and Moderators. Insurance Board is now a Recognized Ministry Partner of the Disciples of Christ.

January 1, 2002 marked the beginning of the United Church Insurance Company, a nonprofit captive insurance company subsidiary of the Insurance Board – designed to take advantage of new opportunities for insuring church-related organizations such as retirement housing and educational institutions.

More Expansion

In 2009, the Board of Directors approved the Presbyterian Church (USA) as another denomination it serves. Churches and related ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) can now enjoy the full benefits of a faith based insurance program run by church people for church people. The Insurance Board is recognized by the Presbyterian Mission Agency as one of only three insurance programs that meets their strict standards.


Currently, more than 3,900 church organizations participate in our program, with a combined value of more than $12 billion in assets covered – and these numbers continue to grow. We are church people who want to provide the best church insurance available. We care as much about your church as you do.

Watch Our Story

Watch as Insurance Board President and CEO, Timothy Harris tells our story.