Board of Directors


John Diefenbach, Chairman

  • Former Chief Development Officer
    Grace Place Lutheran Retreats

  • Former Vice President Membership Development
    St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association

  • Member of Salem Lutheran Church - Affton

William Bunte, Immediate Past Chairman

  • Retired Business Owner
    Crawford, Bunte & Brammeier Traffic & Transportation Engineers
  • Member Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Member Traffic Engineering Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member of Immanuel Lutheran Church - Olivette

Paul N. Himmelsbach, Vice-Chairman

  • Financial Consultant
    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Member of Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Member of Financial Planning Association
  • Member of Faith Lutheran Church - Oakville

Jerry L. Wollenburg, Secretary/Treasurer

  • Retired Lutheran educator and administrator
  • Member of LCMS, Commissioned Minister of Religion, Emeritus
  • Member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois

Carla Kirby

  • Employed at American Greetings
  • Served in Kingston, Jamaica as a missionary
  • Master's Degree in Social Work, University of Illinois
  • Member of St. Paul, Des Peres

Ron Komlos

  • Business Owner, Flooring Systems, Inc.
  • Lutheran High School Association Board Member
  • Member of St. John's Lutheran Church - Arnold






John W. Gerber

  • Retired President and CEO
    Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
  • Retired President
    Ralston Purina, Inc., St. Louis
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Tenet Hospital Association’s Lutheran Hospital, St. Louis
  • Chairman of Investment Committee
    Lutheran Charities Foundation – Board of Directors, St. Louis
  • Captain, U.S. Air Force
    Fighter Pilot
  • Eagle Scout
  • Member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

Dr. Gene Lehr

  • Business Owner
    Lehr Insurance Agency, St. Louis
  • Member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church - St. Louis

Ralph C. Simon

  • Benefit Consultant
    Concordia Plan Services
  • Member of Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Former Operations Co-Chairman
    Children's Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis - Scramble for Kids Golf Tournament
  • Member of Trinity Lutheran Church - Soulard

Rev. Scott Schmieding

  • Senior Pastor
    Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Charles
  • Former Pastor
    Trinity Lutheran Church & Baton Rouge Lutheran School
Serving Lutheran Elementary Schools, Families & Communities
Serving Lutheran Elementary Schools, Families & Communities