Craig Mellendorf, CEO of SFC Estate Coaching Graduated from Concordia College, Seward NE in 1981 with a Elementary Education Teaching Degree. Taught six years (81-87) at Word of Life Lutheran School is St. Louis MO. 7th Grade Home Room Teacher, Athletic Director, Coach. Taught four years (87-91) at Concordia University. Primarily Elementary and Middle School Classes. Assistant Basketball Coach. Director of Student Activities. Taught 18 years (91-09) at Martin Luther H.S. 18 Subjects in Six Different Departments. Last three years Business/Tech Ed. Department Chair teaching almost exclusively Business and Computer related classes. Head Coach Boys Basketball seven years. Head Coach Girls Basketball eight years. Head Coach Girls Tennis five years. Director of Student Activities three years. Was downsized due to Budget Cuts in 2009. Professional Health Coach/Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach/Personal Trainer Wisconsin Athletic Club & TV Spot on TMJ4 “Ask the Expert”.
Started as Gift Planning Counselor in January 2013 working with Gift Planning Services in Eau Claire, WI. Created SFC Estate Coaching in January 2015. Earned the title “Certified Gift Planning Professional” January 2017 and Christian Gift Planner May 2018.
Tom Slye has spent his professional career working in the non-profit arena. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Tom began a career in ministry spanning nearly 20 years. During that time, he also earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Trinity International University. Feeling a tug in a new direction, Tom pursued an adventure in education serving students in urban Milwaukee. He became a Dean of Students with LUMIN Schools, first at Sherman Park Lutheran School and subsequently at Pilgrim Lutheran School where he also taught History, Faith Development and Physical Education. Throughout his career he has witnessed firsthand the impact of generosity. Working with SFC gives him the opportunity to meet new people, listen to their stories, and show them estate planning strategies that will enable them to be generous in ways they may not have known existed. Tom has been married to his wife, Amy, for 20 years and has three really cool kids: Abby, Tyler, and Aniyah. During his free time, he enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team, hiking the kettles at Scuppernong or the trails at Lapham Peak, and sitting in his back patio listening to music.
Steve Glandorf’s professional employment/ministry spans over thirty-seven years. He served five years as a Christian school teacher and coach, six years as a police officer, and twenty-six years as a Christian school administrator in Lutheran elementary, middle, and high schools. In July of 2017, he retired from school administration.
Building upon his years of experience in education, law enforcement and educational administration, he enjoys meeting and serving the needs of others. His new passion is guiding and assisting individuals with their estate plans in his role as an Estate Coach.
Steve has been married to his wife, Liisa, for 37 years. They have two children and three grandchildren, who are the joy of their lives. In his spare time, Steve plays on several USTA tennis teams. Additionally, he and Liisa love to travel and tour the country in their truck and 5th wheel travel trailer.
Jed Parks has over 18 years of sales, marketing, financial planning and commodity trading experience. His post provides extensive knowledge of business development as well as risk management.
Jed also has extensive experience working on complex planning scenarios, both directly and indirectly with clients and advisors and their clients.
He aligns with clients to help solve client needs and has the ability to break down the most complicated strategies into terms clients can easily understand.
Jed is married to Kim (25 years) and has two awesome sons – Ethan & Ben.
Tim Hipenbecker graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a BA in Secondary Education. Tim taught at Lutheran High School North, an inner core suburban school in St. Louis, Missouri for 12 years. While at Lutheran North, he served as the business department chairman, registrar, and assistant principal in addition to coaching football, basketball, advising student council and Future Business Leaders of America. Tim then served for 4 years as the founding principal of Lutheran High School in Parker, Colorado. He returned to be principal for 6 years at Lutheran High School North in St. Louis. Tim then served as head of schools and president of the Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis for 6 years. Tim recently returned to the Milwaukee area to be closer to his family and has been working with the Center for Urban Teaching as a talent developer and coach for 3 years. He began working part time as an estate planning coach with SFC Estate Coaching in 2019. Tim received his MBA at Lindenwood University in 1992. He attended the University of Missouri in St. Louis and Phoenix University in Denver working on advanced degrees in educational administration and leadership. Tim is an outdoorsman and enjoys fishing and hunting with his two sons and is also an avid sports fan, especially of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Wisconsin Badgers.
Jen Lau has over 20 years of Sales and Customer Service experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has devoted the last 10 years to LHASGM as an Advancement Assistant, where she supports the Advancement team in their efforts to build relationships to help bring hope and purpose to High School Students in the Greater Milwaukee Area.
Outside of work, Jen enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her husband Craig, daughters Taylor and Camryn, and Australian Labradoodle Harvey.
Jen has devoted her time and passions to the Lutheran system because of her strong sense of faith and commitment to serving others.