Thrivent Member Network - Texas 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. 

Michael Cuda - Executive Chair

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

Congregation: Holy Cross Lutheran

A Thrivent member since 1998, Cuda is a partner at K&L Gates LLP in Dallas. He’s actively involved on the Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas board of directors and on the Economic Development Board for the City of Arlington. He’s also a past president of his local Thrivent chapter. In his role on the board, he hopes to assist Thrivent in delivering its message of living generously.

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Lockie Ealy

Hometown: Leander, Texas
Congregation: Hill Country

Ealy is a real estate broker associate in Austin. A Thrivent member since 2012, she is actively involved in a number of volunteer programs, including Austin Pets Alive and Texas Humane Heroes, Habitat for Humanity and the Parkside Elementary PTA. "This is a great way to give even more back to the community and make a bigger impact on people's lives, " she says. "I'm excited about this new role." 

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Jill Louis

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Congregation: Concord Baptist Church, St. Monica Catholic Church

A new member to Thrivent, Louis is currently serving on several professional boards, including the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, the Citizen's Bond Task Force, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, KERA and Cedars TIF Board. She's a partner with Perkins Coie LLP in Dallas. 

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Tim Niekerk

Hometown: Tomball, Texas
Congregation: Salem Lutheran

A Thrivent member since 1988, Niekerk is the senior pastor at Salem Lutheran. His volunteer activities include his church, the Tomball Pregnancy Center, TOMAGWA Health Care Ministries, Resale with a Purpose, Impact Sundays Third Ward Mission, Kenya Mission and Love 146. He hopes to bring his experience, both as a lay member of a congregation and now leading a congregation, to help Thrivent further is mission as a fraternal benefit society.

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Justin Wynter

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Congregation: Central Presbyterian Church

Winter is the Senior Manager of Corporate Parnerships at Spurs Sports and Entertainment (Austin Spurs). A Thrivent member since 2016, he volunteers with activities such as Silver & Black Give Back, Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the United Way of Caring. Financial literacy has become his passion, and he sees it as a crucial building block (or roadblock) for advancement within minority communities.

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