Serving Those Who Serve Us.

For over 150 years, the Preachers’ Aid Society and Benefit Fund has provided clergy, their spouses, and any dependent children with tangible and emotional support through counseling, consultation and fellowship. Our community members enjoy quality of life as we help them continue to inspire others whether active clergy or retired. Our quality assistance programs meet their comprehensive needs from eldercare and insurance to legal and financial. Our fellowship groups, banquets and trips offer socializing and networking for retired clergy and their spouses.

PASBF Welcomes New North District Regional Assistants

Preachers’ Aid Society and Benefit Fund is happy to announce that Rev. Dr. Tom Logsdon and Cathy Bale will be serving as the new North District Regional Assistants. Together they will be ministering to the retired clergy and spouses throughout the North District beginning August 1, 2024. They come to PASBF as Sharon Monroe re-retires to Wisconsin later this year.

Tom has been a United Methodist his entire life, growing up at Galesburg First UMC, attending License School in 1974, and receiving his first appointment a year later – four small churches west of Pontiac. Since then, Tom has served the church on all levels, from parish pastor to conference staff to denominational mission executive, retiring in 2023 – and then taking three small churches in retirement.

Cathy has also been a United Methodist her entire life, growing up at Quincy Vermont Street UMC until moving to Springfield with her (now late) husband Lynn. They eventually joined the Sugar Church UMC where Tom and his (now late) wife Janice were serving. Cathy will retire on July 31, 2024 after working for the Illinois State Police for 33 years, currently as Office Coordinator at their headquarters in Springfield. Prior to that, she was a paralegal at a Quincy law firm.

Tom lost his wife Janice in June of 2022 after almost 43 years of marriage. Cathy lost her husband Lynn in November of 2018 after 27 years of marriage. They became reacquainted when Tom retired and moved back to Chatham and have been dating since August of 2023. Following the death of their spouses, Tom and Cathy have been active participants in grief support groups, one of which Cathy helped facilitate and continue online throughout COVID, meeting twice a week from March of 2020 through November of 2022.

Tom has an adult daughter (Julie) and an adult son (Ron), both of them married, along with three grandchildren. Julie is a Registered Nurse in Vincennes, Indiana, and Ron is a Special Education teacher in Springfield, Illinois and Technology Director at Sugar Creek UMC. Cathy has an adult son (Christopher), who recently moved to Seattle, Washington, where he is an Aerospace Engineer for Boeing.

Cathy and Tom live a mile from each other in Chatham and attend Sugar Creek UMC when they are not on the road or preaching someplace else. They enjoy friends, family, food, live music, traveling, nature, cooking together, movies, reading together, and playing cards and board games. They have become a good team serving a three-church parish where they discovered they enjoy working together to make a difference in people’s lives.

Tom and Cathy will be traveling throughout the North District over the next month to meet and greet groups with Sharon, before becoming official staff in August. Please welcome Tom and Cathy and be in prayer for Sharon and Ron as they make their journey into a new chapter of retirement.

Tom Logsdon and Cathy Bale

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