Meet Our People


Warren Schmidt – Executive Board President

Warren Schmidt is a retired Lutheran School educator. He and his wife, Sandi chose Altenburg as their retirement location, and purchased an ancestral farm east of Altenburg, at the original site of the Log College Seminary. Warren enjoys gardening, spending time with grandchildren, woodworking, and leading group tours at the museum.


Carolyn Schmidt – Executive Board Secretary

Carolyn is a retired elementary school teacher and is a charter member of the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum Advisory Council. She helped design the new museum concept, exhibits, and was vital in restoring the cases and Wittenberg church pieces. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening, and traveling with her husband, Ray.


Carol Wunderlich – Treasurer

Carol works at the local Gas-A-Mat station and Café in Altenburg, which she formerly owned with her husband, Duane. Carol also serves a leadership role in our City Council. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Lynn Degenhardt – Executive Board Vice-President

Lynn wears many hats on the team: Research Library team, creator of the ‘German Family Tree’ family research database, building committee chairman, and Executive Board VP. Lynn enjoys working on the family farm, designing features at the Lutheran Heritage Center–including our beautiful exhibition cases.