The Guardian

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey offers a voluntary dental plan with three options through The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America:

  • Managed DentalGuard (Prepaid DHMO) Plan
  • DentalGuard Preferred (PPO) High Plan
  • Dental Guard Preferred (PPO) Low Plan

Eligibility and Enrollment

Enrollment is available to any active clergy member or local church employee working more than 1,040 hours per year, whose salary-paying unit has a bonafide association with the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, or any church of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, or any retiree.

Child dependents are eligible for coverage until the end of the month in which they turn 26.

For enrollments and changes, please request an enrollment/change packet from Veronika Varga Be sure to indicate your plan choice, Pre-Paid DHMO, High PPO Plan, or Low PPO Plan on the enrollment form. Identification cards will be sent to the participant by the insurance company upon enrollment.

Enrollment must be completed during the first thirty-one (31) days of initial appointment/employment date. Late applicants (after the initial 31-day “window”) may enroll in the Plan during the annual open enrollment period in November of each year. The effective date for all plans in open enrollment is January 1st.

More Information

Once you’ve enrolled in a plan you can get more information about your plan, enrollment, claims and other information by going to the GuardianAnytime website. For all questions about the Plans, coverage, provider, or claims issues, contact our participant advocate, Direct Path at 866-253-2273.

Payment of Premium

Dental insurance is a voluntary program and payment is the responsibility of the insured. Dental insurance premium bills are mailed to the insured two weeks prior to the start of each quarter. Termination of insurance will occur if payment is not received by the last day of the first month of each quarter.

  • First quarter: Bill date December 15. Payment due by January 1.
  • Second quarter: Bill date March 15. Payment due by April 1.
  • Third quarter: Bill date June 15. Payment due by July 1.
  • Fourth quarter: Bill date September 15. Payment due by October 1.

Where to send premium payments

Send premium payments by check payable to “GNJAC DENTAL” to:

United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey
Dental Payment
205 Jumping Brook Road
Neptune, NJ 07753


For more information, please contact:

  • Alexa Taylor

  • Veronika Varga