Board of Directors

The Lutheran Legacy Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of five individuals: Jerry Klug, Geoffrey E. Wiggins, Christopher Eldredge, Thomas E. Patchett and Dean Wachholz.

They can be reached at:
Lutheran Legacy Foundation
711 South Main Street
P.O. Box 31
Paris, IL 61944
217-463-8202
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JERRY L. KLUG – President
Education
Bachelor of Arts – Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN
Master of Divinity – Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
Completed courses in Basic Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, and Business Law – Danville Community College, Danville, Illinois

Professional Experience
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Woodland, Indiana – Pastor
Grace Lutheran Church, Paris, Illinois – Pastor

Affiliations
Association for Small Foundations

Lutheran Legacy Foundation, Inc.
Member of the board of directors since 1985

 

GEOFFREY E. WIGGINS – Treasurer
Education

Juris Doctorate, Valparaiso School of Law
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Virginia Tech

Professional Experience
Ernst and Young, LLP - Senior tax manager; focusing on closely-held companies, insurance companies, trusts and estates as well as high net-worth individuals
Romeo Wiggins & Company, L.L.P. - Tax partner since 1989, serving closely-held companies, individuals, trusts and estates.

Affiliations
North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants            
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants                    

Lutheran Legacy Foundation, Inc.
Member of the board of directors since 1997

 

CHRISTOPHER ELDREDGE – Secretary
Education
Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration) - Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

Professional Experience
Illinois Cereal Mill, Paris, Illinois – Vice-President of Sales Citizens National Bank, Paris, Illinois – President

Lutheran Legacy Foundation, Inc.
Member of the board of directors since 2000 

 

THOMAS E. PATCHETT – Director
Education
Bachelor of Science – Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

Professional Experience
Owner and Operator of Patchett Farms, Inc. – Experience in business operation, commodity trading, farm real estate, and real estate development.

Lutheran Legacy Foundation, Inc.
Member of the board of directors since 1997

 

DEAN WACHHOLZ - Director
Education

Bachelor of Arts – Milton College, Milton, Wisconsin
Master of Divinity – Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois

Professional Experience
Hope Lutheran Church, Tonasket, Wisconsin - Pastor
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Broadlands, Illinois - Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church & School, Menasha, Wisconsin - Pastor
1990 – Development Officer at Lutheran Special Education Ministries, Detroit, Michigan
1996 – Vice-President of Advancement at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
2002 – Executive Staff of the Michigan District –LCMS
2005 – Vice-President for Capital Funding at Lutheran Church Extension, St. Louis, Missouri

Lutheran Legacy Foundation, Inc.
Member of the board of directors since 2009

 

JAMES JORDAN WAGNER - Director
Education

Bachelor of Science (Psychology) – Central Michigan University

Master of Arts (Psychology) – Central Michigan University

Doctor of Philosophy (Finance) – University of North Texas

 

Professional Experience

Instructor, Department of Business, Wittenberg University

International Fixed Income Research, Drexel Burnham Lambert (London)

Professor of Finance, Eastern Illinois University

Dean of Business, Tennessee Technological University

 

Lutheran Legacy Foundation, Inc.

Director since 2016