Church Mutual recognized as a Celent Model Insurer in Innovation and Emerging Technologies

Recognized as an Innovation Leader in the Insurance Industry

MERRILL, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Church Mutual Insurance Company has been recognized by Celent for
Innovation and Emerging Technologies for its Sensor Technology Program.
Celent is a global research and advisory firm for the financial services

Celent’s awards annually recognize the best practices of
technology usage in different areas critical to success in insurance.
Nominations are submitted by insurance companies and technology vendors,
and undergo a rigorous evaluation process by Celent analysts. Celent
judges submissions on three core criteria: initiatives must be live and
delivering demonstrable business benefits; the degree of innovation
relative to the industry; and the quality of the technology or
implementation excellence.

“Being recognized by Celent as a leader in innovation and emerging
technologies highlights our commitment to help our customers,” said
Cheryl Kryshak, Church Mutual’s vice president of risk control. “This is
truly a market disruptor.”

Church Mutual understands the unique operations of houses of worship,
many not staffed 24/7. The Sensor Technology Program uses temperature
and water sensors set up in vulnerable areas of a building or in areas
where priceless and often irreplaceable items are stored. The sensors
are monitored remotely, so no one has to be on the premises. Alerts are
sent via text message, email or phone to one or several contacts if a
temperature or water sensor relays a low temperature or presence of
water reading.

“We are pleased and proud to be recognized as a company that is using
Internet of Things (IoT) technology and we will continue to explore
innovative ways to use technology to create new and better solutions for
our customers’ operations,” said Laura Hughes, Church Mutual’s vice
president and chief marketing officer.

Church Mutual’s estimated direct loss savings to date are close to $1
million, disregarding the cost customers have avoided in clean-up.

Church Mutual Insurance Company partnered with The Hartford Steam Boiler
Inspection and Insurance Company, part of Munich Re, to provide eligible
customers temperature and water sensors connected to a 24/7 monitoring
system. Church Mutual customers are participating in a pilot program
testing the temperature and water sensors and gathering data. Church
Mutual expanded the pilot to a broader group of eligible customers in
the most vulnerable areas of the country in October 2016 and currently
has approximately 1,500 houses of worship enrolled in the program and
continues to add more daily.

About Church Mutual

Church Mutual Insurance Company, founded in 1897, offers specialized
insurance for religious organizations of all denominations, as well as
schools, camps, denominational offices and senior living facilities.
Church Mutual markets most lines of commercial property and liability
insurance, including multi-peril, workers’ compensation and commercial
auto insurance. In addition to insurance, Church Mutual provides a
spectrum of value-added solutions that benefit its customers. Church
Mutual holds the following honors:

  • A.M. Best Company “A” (excellent) rating
  • 2016 Ward’s 50 Top Performing Property and Casualty Insurers
  • BenchmarkPortal Top 10 National Customer Service Center
  • 2016 Wisconsin 75 by Deloitte US
  • Futuremakers Partner, by Wisconsin Technical College System


Church Mutual Insurance Company
Kathleen Iriarte
Senior Marketing Communication Consultant
Phone: (715)