GuideStone IRAs

An Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a personal, tax-efficient way to invest for retirement. With a GuideStone IRA, you have full access to our wide range of faith-based investment options, including both Traditional and Roth IRAs.

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Which list best describes you and your goals?
GuideStone Traditional IRA
  • I expect to retire in a lower tax bracket
  • I want to invest more than my employer’s retirement plan allows
  • I want to open an IRA for my spouse or family member
  • I have not attained age 70½ (This is the calendar year in which the shareholder turns age 70½.)
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GuideStone Roth IRA
  • I expect to retire in a higher tax bracket
  • I want to invest more than my employer’s retirement plan allows
  • I want to receive tax-free income during retirement in return for taxed contributions
  • I want to access contributions without penalty (if certain conditions are met)
  • I want the ability to make contributions after age 70½
  • I want to open an IRA for my spouse or family member 
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Note: Eligible contributors, for both Traditional and Roth IRAs, must (1) have U.S. taxable earned income and (2) be within IRS income limits for the current tax year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Traditional and Roth IRAs.
Traditional IRA
Roth IRA
What are the potential advantages of a Traditional IRA?
  • Earning accumulate tax-deferred.
  • Contributions may qualify as tax-deductible. (See your contribution and deductibility limits.)
  • Participants who are age 50 or older have expanded contribution limits.
  • Contributions may be made for spouses, even if they have no income.
  • Assets can be invested in our award-winning,1 faith-based Funds.

Learn more about our investment industry recognition as a Lipper Fund Award recipient from Refinitiv.

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What are the potential limitations on withdrawals?

You may choose to take penalty-free withdrawals from your Traditional IRA after age 59½ but must begin taking them by age 70½. In either case, there are no penalties imposed, but federal income tax will apply to withdrawals (except for the return of non-deductible contributions).

In addition, any withdrawals made prior to age 59½ are subject to a 10% penalty, except in the following circumstances:

  • Higher education expenses for you or your immediate family members
  • First-time home purchase expenses to buy or build a first home for yourself or your parents, children or grandchildren ($10,000 lifetime maximum)
  • Death or disability
  • Certain medical expenses (or health insurance premiums due to unemployment)
How much can I contribute to my Traditional IRA?
  • If you’re under age 50, you can contribute up to $6,000 annually.*
  • If you’re age 50 or older, you can contribute up to $7,000 annually.*

*Or your annual household income, whichever is less. Based on IRS contribution limits.

How do I start an online application?
Can I print an application?

Prefer to print an application? Download, print and complete a Traditional IRA application.

Please review the following information:

Traditional IRA ApplicationTraditional IRA Disclosure StatementTraditional IRA Custodial AgreementProspectusPrivacy Notice
What if I would like to complete a rollover or transfer of assets?

Start your application online.

Prefer to print your application? Download and complete an application, then mail the completed application to:

First-Class Mail® address:
GuideStone Funds
P.O. Box 9834
Providence, RI 02940-8034

Overnight express address:
GuideStone Funds
c/o BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.
4400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA 01581-1722

Online Rollover ApplicationDirect Rollover (Traditional IRA Transfer of Assets/Direct Rollover Form)Indirect Rollover (Traditional IRA Rollover Certification Form)
What are the potential advantages of a Roth IRA?
  • Contributions are allowed at any age. (See IRS maximum contribution limits.)
  • Qualified distributions are tax-free.
  • Participants over age 50 have expanded contribution limits.
  • No required withdrawals at age 70½.
  • Assets can be invested in our award-winning,1 faith-based Funds.

Learn more about our investment industry recognition as a Lipper Fund Award recipient from Refinitiv.

Lipper Awards
What are the potential limitations on withdrawals?

A Roth IRA differs from a Traditional IRA in that you may withdraw your contributions at any time without any tax implications.

However, to avoid penalties and taxes on the withdrawal of earnings, you must own the Roth IRA for at least five years, be age 59½ or older or make a withdrawal for one of the following reasons:

  • First-time home purchase expenses to buy or build a home for yourself or your parents, children or grandchildren ($10,000 lifetime maximum)
  • Death
  • Disability

If the reasons above do not apply, you may avoid the 10% penalty, but taxes on earnings will still apply if you withdraw funds for the following reasons:

  • Higher education expenses for yourself or your immediate family members
  • Certain medical expenses
  • Withdrawals made in equal installments over the account holder’s life expectancy
How much can I contribute to my Roth IRA?
  • If you’re under age 50, you can contribute up to $6,000 annually.*
  • If you’re age 50 or older, you can contribute up to $7,000 annually.*

*Or your annual household income, whichever is less. Based on IRS contribution limits.

How do I start an online application?
Can I print an application?

Prefer to print an application? Download, print and complete a Traditional IRA application.

Please review the following information:

Roth IRA ApplicationRoth IRA Disclosure StatementRoth IRA Custodial AgreementProspectusPrivacy Notice
What if I would like to complete a rollover or transfer of assets?

Start your application online.

Prefer to print your application? Download and complete an application, then mail the completed application to:

First-Class Mail® address:
GuideStone Funds
P.O. Box 9834
Providence, RI 02940-8034

Overnight express address:
GuideStone Funds
c/o BNY Mellon Investment Servicing (US) Inc.
4400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA 01581-1722

Online Rollover ApplicationDirect Rollover (Roth IRA Transfer of Assets/Direct Rollover Form)Indirect Rollover (Roth IRA Rollover Certification Form)

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