Thrivent Member Network - Nebraska Region

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

Before we introduce your Thrivent Member Network board, it might help to know how the members are elected and what’s expected of them.
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.
Now … we’re pleased to introduce the Thrivent members who will serve you as part of the Thrivent Member Network regional board.

Dennis Wheeler - Executive Chair

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Congregation: Christ Community

Wheeler brings more than 25 years of business experience to the Nebraska regional board including roles in strategic operations management, leadership consulting and higher education. He currently serves as a Senior Business Development Director for a subsidiary company of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Wheeler has a passion for developing programs that impact the health and well-being of families and communities.

Marla Bachus

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Congregation: Salem Baptist

A new Thrivent member, Bachus is eager to learn more about the vision, values, issues and goals for the Thrivent Member Network board and expand the network into a diverse population by educating the community on the need for Thrivent services. Bachus is involved in a number of ministries at her church, including the seniors and women’s ministries.

Grant Schmidt

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Congregation: Word of Life Lutheran

Throughout his career, Schmidt has held roles that call on him to set & achieve strategic goals – from working as a teacher, coach & college athletic director to his current role as vice president of Operations for Orphan Grain Train. He’s been a Thrivent member for more than 25 years & has always felt blessed to know his financial investments & insurance needs were being handled by a membership organization of Christians.

John Weasel

Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska
Congregation: Dream City Church, Omaha

Weasel serves as the lead pastor at Dream City Church, Omaha, where he has previously served as the teaching and executive pastor. He also is involved as a coach in Elkhorn youth sports. As a Thrivent member, Weasel plans to use the gifts and talents God has given him to further accomplish the vision of Thrivent Financial. “I think that through cultural and generational diversity, we can reach a broader group of people,” he says.