Our Leadership Team

Leading Thrivent. Serving Our Membership.

Thrivent is a membership organization of Christians, and our members are our owners. This means our leaders work in the best interest of our membership – not third-party shareholders, like publicly traded companies. It also means that clients with a benefit membership can have a voice in determining who will lead the organization, by voting in the annual election for the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors. As the organization’s supreme governing body, the board focuses on serving the interests of the membership, both now and into the future. The board establishes and promotes Thrivent’s purpose and oversees major business decisions. It also works with leadership to assess and manage risk. Get to know the women and men who are proud to serve on the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors and the executive leadership team by visiting the Governance page on

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Your Thrivent Member Network Board

Each Thrivent Member Network elects regional board members during the same time and through the same process as Thrivent’s national board election. The Thrivent Member Network regional board is made up of Thrivent members.

The board provides leadership and strategic insights to help carry out Thrivent's mission on a local level. If you’re a member, you can have a voice in making a meaningful choice by voting in the elections for the Thrivent Member Network board. 

We’re pleased to introduce the Thrivent members who will serve you as part of the Thrivent Member Network regional board.

Matt Davidson - Executive Chair

Hometown: Villa Park, Illinois
Congregation: Westline Church

Davidson, a Thrivent member since 2013, is the superintendent of Timothy Christian School in Elmhurst. In his role on the board, Davidson hopes to further the mission of Thrivent in the Christian community—to provide resources, opportunities and inspiration for others to live generously by connecting their faith with their finances.

Matt Davidson Headshot

Jonathan Ferguson

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Congregation: Community Christian Church

Ferguson is the co-founding and teaching pastor of Community Christian Church, a church that has grown from 5 to more than 6,500 people at 11 sites in Chicagoland since 1989. A newer Thrivent member, Ferguson hopes to use his experience and leadership in the non-profit sector to help expand the work Thrivent already is doing in the area.

Jon Ferguson

Chris Lesner

Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois
Congregation: Wheaton Bible Church

Chris Lesner is the Founder & CEO of Project World Impact. He is also an advisor to many for-profit and nonprofit organizations across the country. Chris brings a unique skill set that is helping Thrivent continue to grow it's reach and impact the lives of others.

Jon Ferguson

Susan Scroggins

Hometown: Valparaiso, Indiana
Congregation: Hebron United Methodist Church & Valparaiso University

As the vice president for finance and treasurer at Valparaiso University, Scroggins provides leadership and strategic support to various areas of the university. Her personal expertise, talent and experiences bring diverse thought and opinion to the regional board. She is interested in sharing and contributing time and effort to Thrivent because its values align with her own values.

Susan Scroggins

Julie Yurko

Hometown: Winfield, Illinois
Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran Church

Yurko is the president and CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank, which provides fresh nutritious groceries to neighbors in need throughout the Chicago suburbs and Northern Illinois.  Last year the Food Bank provided the equivalent of 80 million meals to nearly a half  a million men, women, seniors and children.  A Thrivent member for more than 20 years, Yurko hopes to encourage individuals and families to understand their personal financial situations and intentionally plan for beautiful, worry-free futures.

Julie Yurko