• 2016 WELS VEBA Health Plan Rates

    2016 WELS VEBA health plan premium rates are now available

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  • WELS Shepherd Plan

    Learn more about personal retirement savings opportunities through the WELS Shepherd Plan

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  • Our Mission

    Proactively serving WELS/ELS workers and organizations with effective solutions to benefit needs.

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Welcome to the WELS Benefit Plans Office!

Get started now by contacting WELS Benefit Plans 

Find a Provider

Find a Blue Cross Blue Shield network provider in your area.

Enroll a New Dependent

Learn more about how to enroll under WELS VEBA a new dependent gained through marriage, birth, adoption or placement for adoption.

Accepting a New Call

Taking a new call or position to a new WELS or ELS ministry location? Find out more.

Planning For Retirement

Learn more about benefits provided by the WELS Pension Plan and opportunities for personal retirement savings through the WELS Shepherd Plan.

View Health Benefits

Learn more about the health benefits available under the WELS VEBA Group Health Plan.

Benefiting Our Workers

The WELS Benefit Plans Office offers two main benefit plans:
the WELS VEBA Group Health Care Plan and the WELS Pension Plan.

WELS VEBA Health Plan

The WELS VEBA Group Health Care Plan is the WELS-sponsored group health care plan that is available to all active, eligible workers at WELS and ELS ministry locations. The WELS VEBA health plan provides comprehensive medical, prescription drug and vision benefits to members.

WELS VEBA also offers a wide range of voluntary benefits available to eligible workers enrolled in the WELS VEBA health plan. Please view the pages linked below to learn more about these additional benefits.

WELS Pension Plan

The WELS Pension Plan is a defined benefit plan that provides benefits upon retirement to eligible, vested participants. Benefits are provided in the form of a monthly lifetime annuity. The Plan also offers retired workers the opportunity to provide monthly lifetime benefits to their surviving spouses, and a lump sum death benefit for workers who die while serving an active call.

WELS Shepherd Plan

The WELS Shepherd Plan is the denominational 403(b) retirement income account plan sponsored by WELS. The Shepherd Plan provides workers with an opportunity to save and invest a portion of their earnings during their working years to provide income during their retirement years. Participation in the WELS Shepherd Plan is voluntary, and WELS calling bodies are permitted (but not required) to make employer contributions to the Shepherd Plan accounts of their workers.

“WELS Veba is a program that works so well that I don’t even have to think about it. It allows me to be able to focus on the things that are important–my wife’s health, my daughter, and my ministry.”

Rev. Jeremy Husby
Rev. Jeremy HusbyPeace, Hartford, Wis.

“I look at it not so much as an insurance policy, as much as it is a way for us to show our concern and compassion and support for each other.”

Rev. Charles Heup
Rev. Charles HeupGood Shepherd, Plymouth, Wis.

Service Providers

WELS Benefits Service Center


VSP Vision Benefits


Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield


Assurant Dental Benefits


Express Scripts


UnitedHealthcare Medicare