Texas CEF started in 1888 with the idea that if Christians participated together, their investments could be used to provide loans for congregations. Since that first investment of $150 in 1888, the ministry is essentially the same … individuals and congregations invest in the Church Extension Fund and CEF makes loans to churches. After 125 years, God is still blessing the Church Extension Fund in Texas.

Why Texas CEF

With more than 11,000 investors, and $118 million invested, the ministry of CEF to Texas Lutheran churches is stronger than ever. Texas CEF is confident in the security of your investment. Maintaining a conservative balance sheet, and healthy capital-to-asset ratio, Texas CEF keeps your investment safe. Funds are readily available for investors and loan disbursements. Your money belongs to you, and you earn interest on it. Funds are usually issued within one business day.

We offer electronic transfers, live customer support from our office in Austin, and your choice of online or traditional account access.

History

A Unique Ministry

The church extension ministry provides Texas District Lutherans a unique opportunity to make funds available in support of the Great Commission: “Go ye, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”

Yesterday

The Church Extension Fund was established by a District Convention resolution in 1888 to provide loans to congregations. The Texas District Church Extension Fund is a ministry of the Texas District. Since 1888, CEF has provided consultation and low cost funding for Texas congregations to build and expand.

Today

More than 11,000 investors make the Texas District Church Extension Fund possible. With more than $160 million in assets today, CEF is presently assisting more than 130 congregations throughout Texas with loans to help expand the Kingdom.

Tomorrow

Our goal is to anticipate and be responsive to the ministry needs of the future; to continue to provide quality services, resources, training and leadership, and vision to meet those needs. We will continue to assist congregations to reach the lost, disciple the saved and care for people-locally and globally as we identify new and creative ministry opportunities throughout Texas.

Meet the Texas CEF Staff

Stephen Block, Executive Director

Graduate of Northwestern University in 1968. United States Army 1968 to 1970. CPA, with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. from 1970 to 1979. Senior Vice President TalmanHome Federal Savings and Loan, Chicago, IL from 1979 to 1983. Senior Vice President and Treasurer with Ben Franklin Savings, Oak Brook, IL from 1983 to 1986. Executive Vice President and CFO, Eastover Bank, Jackson, MS from 1986 to 1993. Executive Director of the Fund since 1993. Member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas.

Duties Include: Responsible for all CEF activities, loan application and information.

block@texascef.org

Bill Siegrist: Director of Marketing and Training

Graduate of Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE in 1979. Former national training consultant with the Zig Ziglar Corporation. Served as Director of Christian Education for Immanuel Lutheran Church, Memphis, TN in 1983 and 1984. Director of Development for the Fund since 1988. Member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas.

Duties Include: Supervises promotional activities for CEF

bill@texascef.org

Pam Herber: Director of Operations

Graduate of Southwest Texas State University in 1991. CPA, Benefits Plan Administrator with Employee Incentive Plans, Inc. in Austin, Texas from 1992 – 1999. Secondary School Math teacher from 1999 – 2001. CEF Accountant since 2001. Member of Christ Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas.

Duties Include: Supervising and directing the Fund’s support staff and serving as the Fund’s Chief Financial Officer.

herber@texascef.org

Ruby Cruz: Loan Administrator

Duties Include: Assists in processing loan requests and preparation of loan documentation. Answers questions about existing loans. Assists congregations with construction loan disbursements. Provides loan pay off information.

rcruz@texascef.org

Sue Eckert: Transaction Processor

Duties Include: Processes loan and investment transactions.

sue@texascef.org

Joan Zieschang: Investor Service Representative

Duties Include: Assists CEF investors with questions about their investments. Provides information about new investments, redemptions, investment statements, interest checks, 1099s, etc.

joanz@texascef.org

Raelyn Pracht: Rep Coach

Duties Include: Assists CEF investors with questions about their investments. Provides information about new investments, redemptions, investment statements, interest checks, 1099s, etc.

rpracht@texascef.org

Debbie Potter: Investor Services Representative

Duties Include: Assists CEF investors with questions about their investments. Provides information about new investments, redemptions, investment statements, interest checks, 1099s, etc.

dpotter@texascef.org

Kenda Zawadzki: Investor Services Representative

Duties Include: Assists CEF investors with questions about their investments. Provides information about new investments, redemptions, investment statements, interest checks, 1099s, etc.

kendaz@texascef.org

Meet the Board for Church Extension

Eugene Bode

Chairman

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Waco, Texas

Paul Burrough

Vice Chairman

Trinity Lutheran Church
Weatherford, Texas

Mike Abel

Trinity Lutheran Church
Waco, Texas

Kathryn Amendt

Word of Life
Cibolo, Texas

Dennis Huffman

First Lutheran Church
Texarkana, Texas

Kris Nehring

Faith
Stephenville, Texas

John Hunt

Point of Grace
Pflugerville, Texas

Rev. Ryan Neuhaus

Salem Lutheran Church
Tomball, Texas

Alan Werchan

Christ Lutheran Church
Austin, Texas