Thrivent Member Network - Southeast 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 board 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 drawn from our local membership.

The board provides leadership, accountability and strategic insights to help carry out Thrivent's purpose on a local level. You can have a voice in making a meaningful choice by voting in the elections for the Thrivent Member Network board. 

Karen Fabean, Executive Chair

Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
Messiah Lutheran Church

Throughout her career at Dunn Associates, Fabean has worked to engage voters in the political process. Her leadership on the board will work to engage more members in the organization's mission to be wise with money and live generously. "The Thrivent Member Network recognizes that our members represent diverse people who can make a meaningful difference locally. Never underestimate the power of the individual at the grassroots level."

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Sharon Epps

Hometown: Buford, GA
Congregation: 12Stone Church

Epps—an experienced leader, strategist and speaker—is the COO of Kingdom Advisors, an organization that provides advocacy, training, and community for financial professionals offering biblical financial advice. She is also a founding partner of Women Doing Well™. “As a member of the Thrivent regional board, I hope to increase awareness of Thrivent and grow members who want to live generously.”

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Rev. Paul Martin Hoyer

Hometown: Lake Mary, FL
Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Hoyer purchased his first insurance contract nearly 40 years ago, right after getting married. Since then, the executive pastor for the Central Florida Cross Network has only grown in his commitment to and support of The Thrivent Way. "I hope that by being on the board, I can help keep the decisions made relevant to the people in our communities."

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Ausma Mursch

Hometown: Venice, FL
Faith Lutheran Church

Mursch is a retired educator and college administrator and continues to be actively engaged as a board member with a number of social ministry agencies. She is passionate about her volunteer work with an orphanage in Riga, Latvia. Mursch has been a Thrivent member for more than 40 years. "My hope is that serving on the board will give me the opportunity to help enhance Thrivent's outreach to church and community in new and exciting ways."

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Kimberly Spears

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
The Midtown Bridge Church

Spears is excited about the opportunity to activate more local community engagement throughout the region and to deepen connections through Christian outreach. As Senior Manager of the Chief Marketing Officer Program at Deloitte, she says: "I hope to provide a different perspective based on my experiences to help advise and grow the organization."

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