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Loan Consultant Change…. Welcome, Laura E. Zirbel!

Categories: LCEF-Lutheran Church Extension Fund, News & Announcements

Please join me in welcoming Laura E. Zirbel to the FL-GA District LCEF Team as Loan Consultant. She will be assuming the duties of the retiring Mary Byrd. Officially, Laura’s first day with this expanded role will be February 16th and Mary’s last day will be February 28th.


zirbelLaura Zirbel has been part of the District Finance Team since 2013 and officially became the bookkeeper on August 1st  of that year. In that time, Laura has proved to be a very competent and hard-working person.  She has helped unravel and streamline several procedures, assisted with many other projects, and provided her expertise in other areas of finance.

Laura has a BA in Mathematics from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN and has over 20 years of experience in accounting, administrative operations and real estate.  She has both for-profit and non-profit finance experience.  She has held a variety of positions with several organizations including Trammell Crow, Software Techniques and a local CPA firm.  In addition, Laura has 8 years of experience as a Board Member for ASON International, a non-profit mission organization located in Melbourne, FL. She is married with three children and resides in Winter Park, FL.



marybyrdMary Byrd has been part of the LCEF Family since 1986 (29 years) and has been the FL-GA District Loan Consultant since 2011. She is the consummate professional and truly represented LCEF as a Ministry Partner. In 2012, Mary received the Arthur C. Haake Leadership Award giving further evidence to her significant and long-lasting contributions to LCEF. Beyond her official retirement date of February 28th, she will be retained in an advisory capacity to assist in Laura’s transition. The FL-GA District has been truly blessed to have had Mary as part of its Team!

Mary is looking forward to retirement. She and Dennis (her Husband) recently purchased a Honda Odyssey and they plan to use it to travel with their dog, Birdie. Mary may also get in a few more rounds on the golf course. Fore!


Please join me in wishing God’s richest blessings to both of these Ladies in their new future endeavors…one we are welcoming and the other we are remembering!

Mr. Daniel J. Reichard
LCEF District VP &
FLGA District Executive Director-Finance and Administration


Credit Union Sponsorship Announcement

Categories: LCEF-Lutheran Church Extension Fund, News & Announcements

Contact: Becca Jones
Lutheran Church Extension Fund

The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) announces its sponsorship of a federally chartered credit union, focused on supporting and serving the financial needs of the members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). A detailed review of the information that led to this decision was shared with members during the 2013 LCEF Annual Meeting, part of LCEF’s Fall Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

In its October 2013 meeting, the LCEF Board of Directors approved the sponsorship and an allocation of start-up capital for the establishment of the credit union. The board made this decision after it and LCEF’s senior leadership conducted nearly two years of extensive assessment. The credit union, serving all LCMS members, will be a corporation separate from LCEF, focused on providing state-of-the-art banking products with superior customer service.

LCEF President/CEO Richard C. Robertson expressed his enthusiasm for this opportunity and its benefit to the LCMS community. “The analysis and consumer data from existing LCEF members, as well as non-members, is very encouraging,” Robertson said. “LCEF is pleased to act as a catalyst in this unique way to serve our Church community.”

It is anticipated it will require 12 to 18 months for the credit union to gain regulatory approval from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and to implement the processes required to become operational. Further information about the credit union will be shared as it becomes available.

The mission and focus of the LCEF remains to support the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by being a servant partner of the LCMS, ensuring that funds and services are available now and in the future. With more than 80,000 investment partnerships and a dedicated staff throughout the United States, this not-for-profit organization provides loans and facility-planning services to LCMS churches, schools, recognized service organizations and rostered church workers through the investment support of church members.

For more information about LCEF, call 800-843-5233.

For inquiries about the credit union, email