• 2021 WELS VEBA Rates and Limited Open Enrollment

    Learn more about the WELS VEBA rates and limited open enrollment for 2021.

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  • October 2020 WELS Pension Contribution Holiday

    Learn more about the October 2020 contribution holiday for the WELS Pension Plan.

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  • August 2020 WELS VEBA Premium Holiday

    Learn more about the August 2020 premium holiday for WELS VEBA medical benefits.

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  • CARES Act and WELS VEBA Benefits

    Learn more about WELS VEBA benefit enhancements due to the CARES Act and COVID-19.

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  • 2019 WELS Benefit Plans Annual Report

    Learn more about the WELS Benefit Plans and their 2019 results

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  • 2020 WELS Benefits Guide

    Learn more about the WELS Benefit Plans available in 2020

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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.

“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.”

Service Providers

WELS Benefits Service Center


VSP Vision Benefits


Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield


Delta Dental of Wisconsin


Express Scripts

UnitedHealthcare Medicare