Board of Directors

WELS Investment Funds is governed by an independent board whose directors are members of WELS congregations and who are elected by the Synodical Council. The Lord has blessed WELS with a talented group to serve on this board as indicated by the brief introductions that follow:

Dennis Walters is retired and formerly vice president, administrative controller, and director of Corporate Financial Reporting for Cargill, Inc.

Seth T. Hansen is the vice president, Project Management, Daktronics, Inc., a developer of electronic display systems.

Joel L. Luehmann serves as director, Enterprise Risk Management, for Compeer Financial in Mankato, Minn.

Ronald Schmitz is retired after a 34-year career as a financial consultant for AXA Advisors (formerly Equitable Life, N.Y.).

Mr. John G. Wenker is a managing director at Nuveen Asset Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of TIAA-CREF. John was Head of Real Assets at Nuveen Asset Management until June 30, 2017 and will retire December 31, 2017.

Max D. Wenck is a co-owner of MorganMyers, Inc., a multi-million dollar communications consulting firm.

Rev. Degner formerly served parishes in Prior Lake and St. Peter, MN. He served as district vice-president in Minnesota for 16 years and district president for ten years.

Mr. Poppe has been an employee of WELS since 2004. He serves as the WELS chief financial officer and treasurer. Formerly Mr. Poppe was the vice president, finance at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He received his B.B.A in accounting in 1983 from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Mr. Poppe is a certified public accountant.

Rev. Kurt Lueneburg is the Director of WELS Ministry of Christian Giving, responsible for helping God’s people excel in grace of giving that glorifies Christ and provides funding for WELS gospel ministries. Previously, he served the Lord as a parish pastor in Memphis, Tenn. and Cannon Falls, Minn.’ and as a Christian giving counselor in the Minnesota and Nebraska Districts. He’s an advisory member of the WELS Foundation Board.


Please follow the instructions carefully and mail completed forms to:

WELS Investment Funds
N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188-1108


If you have any questions, please call us at 877-888-8953.