Ministry Endowment Fund

What's Your Plan?

An estimated 50% of Americans do not have a will and many more have done no serious estate planning. Even when there is a plan, oftentimes Christian ministries are unintentionally forgotten. An endowment fund is a commonly used tool that will enable donors to sustain Divine Redeemer's mission and ministry over an extended period of time. The Divine Redeemer Ministry Endowment Fund was established in November of 2014 to encourage and facilitate sound financial planning that will give families peace, provision and protection while also supporting the ongoing mission of God's church.

The Divine Redeemer Ministry Endowment Fund can help you:

  • Create a lasting Christian Legacy
  • Provide financial support over an extended period of time
  • Support ministry activities beyond the congregation's budget
  • Make tax advantaged gifts that will protect your loved ones.

About the Fund:

What is the Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church & School Ministry Endowment Fund?

The DR Ministry Endowment Fund is a permanent fund established to offer DR’s members and friends the opportunity to leave a legacy of faith for future generations. It is intended to enhance the church and school ministry and witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ. Gifts to the Endowment Fund become a part of a perpetual fund with earnings used to expand and enrich the mission and ministry of Divine Redeemer Church and School. The Fund is built entirely upon the vision and generosity of DR’s members and is totally separate from the church and school’s annual operating budget and building funds. Available funds are distributed to support projects that are above and beyond normal budgeted items.


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Eternity Giving Introduction by Dennis Pordon

How do I find out more information about the Endowment Fund? 
Information is available at, or you may contact the church office at 262-367-8400 and they will connect you with Pastor Seth or a member of the Endowment Committee.  May God guide you as you seek to serve Him with all that He has given you!


Church Office                                 
262-367-8400 ext. 100                     

Pastor Seth Flick
262-367-8400 ext. 114 

Light of Christ Endowment Scholarship

2023 - Camryn Aldrich


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the DR Endowment Fund

A donation to the DR Ministry Endowment Fund is fundamentally different from other contributions to our church and its ministries. The weekly Stewardship donations help to fund DR’s ongoing operations. Your donation to our Ministry Endowment Fund, however, is not immediately spent. It is left to grow to make possible annual distributions from the investment income. These annual distributions from Endowment Fund income will help to enhance and complement our core ministry for many years and serve as a source of stability in our funding sources.

A gift to the Ministry Endowment Fund is one way you can help ensure the mission of the church and school will grow and be carried into the future and that those who follow you will be served for generations to come. Your gift creates a lasting legacy of your stewardship and a more stable financial environment for the church and school. Additionally, there may be meaningful tax and estate planning advantages available to donors to the Ministry Endowment Fund. You are encouraged to consult with your attorney and tax professional about these matters.

All gifts are welcomed; there is no minimum gift. Every gift increases the earning power and cumulative impact of the Fund. Gifts generally fall into three categories: Gifts Now, Gifts that Pay Income, and Gifts Later.


There are a variety of estate and legacy planning options for those who have a charitable intent. There are many tools and vehicles for this purpose, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. For instance, asking your insurance agent to adjust the beneficiary of your life insurance policy to include a modest percentage for Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church Endowment Fund will make an impact while still providing for family or the primary beneficiary.  You could also place a portion of your IRA or 401K investments into a separate account and designate the endowment as primary beneficiary.

Yes. A gift to the Ministry Endowment Fund in the name of a family member or friend is a meaningful way to memorialize or honor someone you love. Any occasion (birthday, anniversary, birth of a child, etc.) can be remembered and celebrated by a gift to the Ministry Endowment Fund. 

Find the full list of DR Endowment Fund FAQs.

Workshops & Events:


The Endowment Committee at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church is excited to host a Will & Estate Planning Workshop & Eternity Giving Guidance on Saturday, October 14th, 2023 at 9AM.

Get a chance to Ask the Experts your will and estate questions! In the panel we will have:

Diana Raasch - district vice president at Lutheran Church Extension Fund, LCEF

Attorney Mike Kaiser. Kaiser Holahan LLC

Other Panel Members - Coming soon!

The Legacy Circle

The Legacy Circle was established in late 2018 to encourage and recognize those who have graciously included Divine Redeemer in their will, estate plan, or other planned giving program (“Legacy Gift”). A Legacy Tree display in the church narthex will include the names of individuals/families and anonymous enrollees in the Legacy Circle. The enrollment process involves a simple one page form and no other documentation or description of the Legacy Gift is required. There is no minimum size requirement for the future gift. The enrollment form includes a checkbox to indicate that the enrollee does not wish to have their name displayed and will instead appear on the Legacy Tree as anonymous. Enrollment Forms are available next to the Legacy Tree, from the church office, and as a downloadable PDF.
Legacy Tree

Divine Redeemer Ministry Endowment Fund Team:

Board Appointed Members

Bob Mikulec

Ron Bader

Ginny Braun

John Uttech

Standing Committee Members

Pastor Seth Flick - Executive Pastor
Dennis Gehrke - President of the Board of Directors 


John Raasch

Dennis Pordon

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