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[LCMSNews] Middeke named WBP president

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Date Fri, 15 Aug 2003 19:21:40 -0500

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	August 15, 2003 .................... LCMSNews -- No. 93

	Middeke named president
	of Worker Benefit Plans

	Former LCMS Vice President-Finance/Treasurer Paul W. Middeke has
been named president of Worker Benefit Plans (WBP). Middeke, of St.
Charles, Mo., plans to begin serving in his new position Sept. 1.

	Middeke, 57, succeeds Dan Leeman, who left the post in March.
WBP has not given a reason for Leeman's departure. Since then, Tom
Neely, vice president of finance and chief financial officer, and Jim
Sanft, vice president and chief actuary of WBP's actuarial and benefit
services division, have served as WBP "interim co-leaders."

	Middeke began serving as the Synod's vice
president-finance/treasurer in 1999, and held the post until delegates
to the Synod's 2001 convention elected Thomas Kuchta to be treasurer.
Middeke then served as interim president of the Lutheran High School
Association of St. Louis.

	Middeke is a certified public accountant who worked for Ernst &
Young LLP, a major accounting firm, from 1968 to 1995. He was a partner
in the firm for the last 13 years of his employment. His key clients
while at Ernst & Young included The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod,
Worker Benefit Plans, Lutheran Church Extension Fund, LCMS Foundation
and Concordia University System, as well as other non-church employers.
After leaving Ernst & Young, he served as senior vice president and CFO
at DIMAC Marketing Corporation, St. Louis.

	"Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas
of financial management and fiduciary responsibility," said Lyle Meyer,
chairman of the WBP Board of Managers. "He also understands employee
benefits, especially the Worker Benefit Plans and their unique status as
church plans. We feel confident his leadership will enhance the many
fine progressive steps being taken by the staff to continue providing
the employers and workers of the Synod with excellent benefit programs
and customer service that have been in place since 1965."

	Middeke is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles,

	The Worker Benefit Plans administer health, disability, life and
retirement programs for the 32,000 workers, 15,000 retirees and 6,000
employers of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.


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