Simon named VP at LCMS Foundation

For Immediate Release

Contact: Blake M. Tilley
Senior, Vice-President Marketing, The LCMS Foundation | 314-996-1681 | Blake.Tilley@lfnd.org

Works with LCMS organizations to grow financial resources for ministry

ST. LOUIS, July 15, 2014 — The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Foundation recently named Ralph Simon as vice-president of Investment Services, effective July 7.

simon-RPTIn this role, Simon is responsible for growing the Foundation’s custodial account base and increasing the awareness and opportunities of the Foundation’s investment services among LCMS congregations, colleges and universities, elementary and high schools, and other affiliated organizations.

In addition to investment services, Simon will assist with identifying planned-giving opportunities to promote ministry endowment-fund growth.

“This is a new position for the foundation, and we’re excited that Ralph has joined our investment team,” said David Fiedler, president of the LCMS Foundation. “Ralph has successfully worked with LCMS organizations for years and has a vast network of professional church worker contacts. By partnering with our churches and other LCMS ministries, he can help them manage and grow their resources for ministry through the investment services offered by the LCMS Foundation.”

Since 2007, Simon has served as a benefit consultant for Concordia Plan Services (CPS), assisting LCMS employers and educating church workers about retirement planning and other related employee benefits. Prior to joining CPS he worked in financial services for Thrivent Financial, New York Life and MetLife as a registered investment adviser, and held four Financial Industry Regulatory Authority securities licenses.

Simon, a lifelong resident of St. Louis and fifth-generation Lutheran, is a member of historic Trinity Lutheran Church, where he serves as vice-president of the congregation.

About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a biblical, confessional, witness-oriented Christian denomination with 2.2 million members — 600,000 households — in 6,200 congregations. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.lcms.org.

About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Foundation

Established in 1958, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Foundation is the Synod’s primary financial organization, providing Lutheran donors with charitable expertise and opportunities to ensure that families are provided for and beloved ministries are supported. The foundation also manages financial instruments and the gifts they represent, entrusted to it by congregations, organizations and individuals. As of fiscal year 2013, the foundation had more than $900 million of assets and generated more than $68 million in new funds for 460 LCMS ministries. For more information, visit http://lcmsfoundation.org.

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