Thrivent Member Network - Northland 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

 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. 

Allan Rudeck - Executive Chair

Hometown: Esko, MN
Congregation: St Lawrence Catholic Church

Rudeck is the president of ALLETE Clean Energy, an energy company in Duluth that specializes in developing and managing clean energy projects. In joining the regional board, he wants to help Thrivent expand its reach within the Christian community. "When we help people be wise with money and live generously, in turn this helps our communities and people be healthier, happier and wanting to serve one another."

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Bruce Carlson

Hometown: Velva, ND
Congregation: Oak Valley Lutheran

A passionate Thrivent member, Carlson had a life-changing experience with Thrivent Builds in El Salvador. The retired general manager of Verendrye Electric Cooperative is excited about the opportunity to further Thrivent’s mission and make others aware of opportunities for service in the region and beyond. “I hope to expand the vision of local congregations and encourage them to think more worldwide,” he says.

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Prakash Mathew

Hometown: Fargo, ND
Congregation: First Presbyterian

Mathew is a new Thrivent member, but the retired Vice President of Student Affairs at North Dakota State University is excited to give back to the region in ways that are meaningful to both established and new members. “[I hope to] play a role in connecting people with the mission, vision and goals of Thrivent Financial by modeling Christian values to strengthen our communities,” he says.

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Marci Narum Silrum

Hometown: Mandan, ND
Congregation: Heart River Lutheran

Marci is the co-owner of Inspired Woman Enterprises, LLP, which publishes Inspired Woman magazine. The free, monthly publication is distributed across North Dakota. A Thrivent member for 19 years, Marci deeply values Thrivent for its purpose of helping Christians be wise with money. More than that, Marci's Thrivent membership means using her gifts from God, volunteering alongside people with shared values, and living generously.

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Brent Edison

Hometown: Fargo, ND
Congregation: Hope Lutheran Church

Edison is an attorney with the Vogel Law Firm in Fargo. The proud 22-year Thrivent member hopes to use his background in board governance to support and encourage Thrivent’s growth in both financial and fraternal areas. “As Thrivent expands its common bond and looks for new and better ways to serve its members, I want to contribute to the effort.”

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