2015 Annual Conference Sponsors

2015 Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency San Antonio
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
April 20-23, 2015

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Thank You to Our Sponsors of the 2015 LSA Annual Conference

We owe our sponsors and exhibitors a debt of gratitude for their generous support of LSA events. Please review the list below of our supporters and join us in thanking them for their participation in the Annual Conference and their ongoing support of Lutheran social ministry. 

Portico Benefit Services ELCA Mission Investment Fund Thrivent Financial
CBIZ Concordia Plan Services LSA
Lutheran Executive Alumni Network (LEAN)
Lutheran Church Extension Fund LCMS LSA-DN
LSF LSS Lutheran Trust

And the Krumbholz Wind Whiting Endownment Fund of the ELCA.  


Exhibitor Information  

Bridge of Hope 
311 National Road
Exton PA 19341
Anne Dunnenberger

Bridge of Hope can help your agency or church to end homelessness for single mothers and their children. Bridge of Hope is a three-way partnership between a single mother, a trained church-based mentoring group, and a social worker using the Bridge of Hope program.  

Concordia Plan Services 
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Paul Synder

Because we exclusively serve the LCMS, we know the importance of stewardship and faith when it comes to making benefits decisions. We are your one-stop shop, offering: Sophisticated plan designs; Competitive and comprehensive products; Flexible benefit solutions and strategies; and Helpful resources. We serve those who serve to the glory of God!

Filling Homes / Soaring Arts Studio 
N160 St. Rt. 108
Napoleon, OH 43545
Janet Obee

The Soaring Arts Studio, a ministry of Filling Homes, in Napoleon, Ohio, provides the opportunity for creative expression to clients served. Artists with disabilities work collaboratively to create unique merchandise designed to highlight the artists’ work. Proceeds from merchandise sales go toward supporting the program. Visit our website at www.soaringarts.org and like us on Facebook: 

www.facebook.com/SoaringArtsStudio to stay updated on this unique ministry. 

LSA Disaster Network 
Kurt Senske, Chair

The Lutheran Services in America Disaster Network represents the interests of Lutheran social ministry organizations providing disaster preparation, response, and recovery services. The network includes 13 organizational members who are working together to seek new disaster-related funding sources and partnerships in order to serve more people.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund 
10733 Sunset Office Drive Suite 300
St. Louis, MO
Karen Drier, Assistant V.P., Customer Development & Retention
800-854-4004, ext. 6327

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is blessed to be a lending partner with Recognized Service Organizations of the LCMS. LCEF has the loan expertise and understanding for these unique ministry plans. Funding from a partnership of investors and donors ensures loans and services will be available now and in the future. Find us at lcef.org.

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
1333 S. Kirkwood Rd. 
St. Louis, MO 63122
Jennifer Duffy, LCMS Communications

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), with 2.2 million members in some 6,200 congregations, is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ. (www.lcms.org)

Lutheran Executive Alumni Network (LEAN) 
Mark Peterson
3 Snowy Owl Lane
North Oaks, MN 55127
651 490 1316

The Lutheran Executive Alumni Network (formerly Lutheran Retired Executive Group) is a network of those who have served Lutheran social ministry organizations in executive positions. Through a listserv and an annual retreat, members stay attuned to issues and relationships through restoration of body, mind and spirit.

Lutheran Trust Insurance Agency 
1500 Wall Street
St. Charles, MO 63303
Kermit Starnes

Lutheran Trust has provided quality insurance for churches and Lutheran church-related properties since 1989. From fire to theft, property and casualty to general liability, it offers extensive protection from loss. Lutheran Trust represents financially stable insurance companies that offer comprehensive insurance coverage to meet the needs of your organization. 

Mission Investment Fund 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
David Dalton

Through the Mission Investment Fund, ELCA congregations, their members and ELCA-related ministries can purchase investments that earn interest at competitive rates. With these investments, MIF makes loans for capital projects to new start congregations, established congregations and ELCA-related ministries such as social ministry organizations, outdoor ministries and schools. 

Portico Benefit Services| A Ministry of the ELCA
800 Marquette Avenue, Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Chris Gehrts

Portico Benefit Services provides competitive 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans. As a ministry of the ELCA, we believe in LSA’s mission to love and serve our neighbor. We believe employees of all LSA organizations, large or small, deserve high-quality retirement plans from an organization you can trust.

Social Impact Architects 
3921 Hawthorne, Dallas, Texas 75219
Suzanne Smith, Founder and Managing Director

Social Impact Architects (SIA) provides management and sector specific services to organizations that address society’s most pressing challenges. SIA uses innovative, market-driven management tools to design cost effective, pragmatic plans for our clients. We work collaboratively with our clients to ensure organizational ownership and improved capacity to sustain the solutions we design.

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines
Vicki L. Bierlein, CMC, CRP
800.248.8313, ext 374

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines through our Preferred Business Relationship with LSA, provides comprehensive relocation services to LSA member organizations. Our services include household goods moving, home sale and home purchase assistance. We are also the only van line endorsed by both LCMS and ELCA ministries. To find out more, call 800-248-8313 and mention your LSA affiliation, or go to: www.lutheranservices.org/business_relationships. 

Thrivent Financial
4321 N. Ballard Road
Appleton, WI 54919

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. We offer a broad range of products and services-including life insurance, annuities and mutual funds-along with guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century we’ve helped our nearly 2.4 million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their values. And we provide opportunities for them to be even more generous where they live, work and worship.

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) | Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
451 7th Street S.W. Rm 10184
Washington, DC 20410
Linda Ayala, Program Manager 

The Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships serves as a resource center for secular and faith-based non-profit organizations seeking to partner with HUD to address the housing and community development needs of the neighborhoods in which they operate. The Center builds partnerships and serves as a liaison between the grassroots and federal government, ensuring that groups have the latest information about HUD opportunities and programs. 

U.S. Social Security Administration 
6401 Security Blvd. Baltimore, Maryland 21235
Marianne Brackney, Lead Social Insurance Specialist

my Social Security is a free online account that allows people quick, secure access to their personal Social Security information.  Individuals can use my Social Security to access their Social Security Statement to check their earning and get estimates of future retirement, disability, and survivor  benefit  you and your family may receive. To create an account, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount  and select “Create An Account.”

Wheat Ridge Ministries
One Pierce Place, Suite 250E
Itasca, IL 60143

Wheat Ridge Ministries provides funding and support for inspired leaders starting new health and human care ministries. This dedication to service comes from the Christian faith, believing that all God’s people are called to help others experience a more abundant life. To learn more, please visit www.wheatridge.org. 

Wipfli LLP
2501 W. Beltline Hwy., Suite 401
Madison, WI 53713
Kate Atkins

 Experts in Wipfli’s Nonprofit and Government Practice help agencies, just like yours, create maximum impact in their communities and become the best possible stewards of funds. Wipfli offers services in audit, accounting, tax, IT, HR, philanthropic strategy, regulations guidance, process improvement, leadership development, strategic planning and much more! 


To inquire about sponsoring an LSA event, please contact thernandez-andersen@lutheranservices.org

Click here to view the 2015 prospectus.