Thrivent Financial Guidance Team

Whether you have a question, want to make contract changes or a purchase, or need help developing and implementing sound financial strategies, the highly qualified professionals on the Thrivent Financial Guidance Team® can help.


M – Th: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Central time
F: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Central time

Here to serve you

Whenever you need us, the Thrivent Financial Guidance Team is just a phone call away. Anyone on our team can assist you with your needs. Business is conducted over the phone using electronic voice signatures and secure email.

The Thrivent Financial Guidance Team offers a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities and mutual funds. Our team of experienced representatives is available, at your convenience, to address your questions and provide you with advice. If your situation requires it, we can connect you with a local Thrivent Financial representative.

Our representatives

The Thrivent Financial Guidance Team consists of more than 30 fully licensed representatives. Call 888-834-7428 Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Central time, and you’ll be connected to the first available representative, or contact one of our representatives directly below.

Mo Amer
888-834-7428 ext 82968
Direct: 920-628-2968
Contact Mo

Eric C Blankenfeld
CASLMore Information™, ChFCMore Information®, FICMore Information, RICPMore Information®
888-834-7428 ext 82910
Office: 920-628-2910
Contact Eric

Kory L Czubek
FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 82549
Direct: 920-628-2549
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Nicole Dorman
888-834-7428 ext 83221
Office: 920-628-3221
Contact Nicole

Shane Dorn
888-834-7428 ext 83386
Direct: 920-628-3386
Contact Shane

Kyle Ehlers
888-834-7428 ext 83077
Office: 920-628-3077
Contact Kyle

Michael J Gast
ChFCMore Information®, FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 83256
Direct: 920-628-3256
Contact Michael

Brian Gieseke
FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 85192
Office: 612-844-4339
Contact Brian

Alex Grausnick
888-834-7428 ext 85216
Direct: 612-844-5063
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Seth Hansvick
888-834-7428 ext 85134
Office: 612-844-4112
Contact Seth

Paul Knuppel
888-834-7428 ext 84943
Direct: 920-628-4943
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Kent A Krueger
888-834-7428 ext 83079
Office: 612-844-6437
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Thomas N Kukkonen
FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 85819
Direct: 612-844-6438
Contact Thomas

Bryan Lage
FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 83054
Office: 612-844-7113
Contact Bryan

Judy Manske
FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 83012
Direct: 920-628-3012
Contact Judy

Austin Mattys
888-834-7428 ext 85215
Office: 612-844-5062
Contact Austin

Shawn Mees
888-834-7428 ext 82476
Office: 920-628-2476
Contact Shawn

Ben Mielke
ChFCMore Information®, CLUMore Information, FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 83119
Direct: 612-844-7197
Contact Ben

Rick Peck
CRPCMore Information®
888-834-7428 ext 83131
Office: 612-844-7284
Contact Rick

Stacy L Pence
888-834-7428 ext 83069
Direct: 612-844-6868
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Robert Punch
888-834-7428 ext 84426
Office: 612-844-6453
Contact Robert

Jake Rabas
888-834-7428 ext 82966
Direct: 920-628-2966
Contact Jake

Steve Raspotnik
RICPMore Information®, FICFMore Information, FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 83021
Office: 920-628-3021
Contact Steve

Cory Remmel
FICMore Information
888-834-7428 ext 82557
Direct: 920-628-2557
Contact Cory

Joan Roberts
888-834-7428 ext 82595
Office: 612-844-4167
Contact Joan

Ryan Schenck
888-834-7428 ext 83385
Direct: 612-844-4227
Contact Ryan

Shawn Stuart
ChFCMore Information®
888-834-7428 ext 85712
Office: 612-844-8454
Contact Shawn

Tim Van Slyke
888-834-7428 ext 85727
Office: 612-844-4188
Contact Tim

James Walburg
888-834-7428 ext 83137
Direct: 612-844-7305
Contact James

Taylor Zornow
888-834-7428 ext 83935
Office: 920-628-3935
Contact Taylor

CloseAEP™ - Accredited Estate Planner

Designation granted by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils to individuals who meet stringent experience and education qualifications. Qualifications include completion of two graduate level courses administered by The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. An AEP professional must also be an attorney, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant), CLU® (Chartered Life Underwriter), CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or CTFA (Certified Trust and Financial Advisor).


CloseCAP® - Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy

Designees complete coursework and an exam in the areas of charitable strategies, gift planning in a nonprofit context and planning for impact in the context of family wealth. Designees are actively involved in advising individuals and/or charitable organizations in areas including, but not limited to, wealth and estate planning, financial planning, charitable planning, planned giving and nonprofit or foundation management or services, or are employed in the nonprofit sector in a capacity related to nonprofit management, development, planned giving or fundraising.


CloseCASL™ - Chartered Advisor for Senior Living

A rigorous course of study in retirement planning offered by The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. The number of required courses varies based on other designations that have already been obtained. CASL professionals have the specific knowledge and experience to assist mature clients with health insurance, investments, and retirement and estate planning strategies.


CloseCCPS - Certified College Planning Specialist

The Certified College Planning Specialist (CCPS) designation is granted from the National Institute of Certified College Planners (NICCP). It focuses on the accumulation and distribution phases of college planning. The CCPS designation is recognized by both the CFP and CPA boards


CloseCDFA® - Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Designation granted by the Institute of Divorce Financial AnalaystsTM. Candidates must have a minimum of three years of experience as a financial professional, accountant, or matrimonial lawyer. To earn the designation, the participant must complete a series of self-study courses and pass an exam for each module. There are continuing education requirements for an individual to maintain this designation.


CloseCFA® - Chartered Financial Analyst

An international professional designation offered by the CFA Institute. This graduate-level, three-year program with examinations requires individuals to adhere to a strict code of ethics governing their professional conduct. The program focuses on portfolio management and financial analysis, and provides a general knowledge of other areas of finance.


CloseCFP® - Certified Financial Planner

Designation granted by the CFP Board of Standards. Candidates must first have three years of financial planning experience and a bachelor's degree, or five years of financial planning experience before they can qualify. After completing a final certification exam, the CFP® certificant must follow up with 30 hours of continued education every two years. CFP® professionals take extensive coursework in financial strategies, tax strategies, employee benefits, retirement and estate strategies, investment management and insurance.


CloseChFC® - Chartered Financial Consultant

Designation granted by The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. ChFC candidates must complete several years' worth of examinations and training. ChFC professionals are guided by a strict code of ethics involving professionalism, client service and continuing education requirements. They have in-depth knowledge of key financial services disciplines including insurance, income taxation, retirement planning, investments, and estate planning strategies.


CloseChSNC™ - Chartered Special Needs Consultant

Designation granted by The American College. Candidates must complete coursework and an examination that focuses on the unique considerations, tax deductions, healthcare issues, Medicaid complexities, and the emotional aspects of providing for a disabled loved one. There are continuing education requirements for an individual to maintain this designation.


CloseCIMA® - Certified Investment Management Analyst



CloseCLF® - Chartered Leadership Fellow

Designation granted by The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. It is awarded to financial professionals who successfully complete specific education and work experience requirements, as well as pass a series of related exams. CLF professionals obtain the knowledge and tools for recruiting and retaining top performers, developing effective business plans, setting performance objectives, and improving managerial skills. The CLF is the only managerial leadership designation developed exclusively for financial services.


CloseCLTC - Certified in Long Term Care

The "Certified in Long-Term Care" (CLTC) program is the long-term care insurance industry's only independent professional designation. Created in 1999, the program is focused on the field of long-term care planning and provides legal, accounting, insurance and financial service professionals the critical tools necessary to address the subject matter with their middle-age clients.


CloseCLU® - Chartered Life underwriter

Designation granted by The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA, representing the pinnacle in insurance knowledge. CLU professionals must complete eight required courses and pass an exam that shows in-depth knowledge of the insurance needs of individuals and business owners. Financial representatives with this credential specialize in life insurance and estate planning strategies.


CloseCPA - Certified Public Accountant

Credential awarded by a State Accountancy Board to individuals who have met additional state education and experience requirements, and have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. Candidates must first have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and have experience in the industry. The primary functions CPAs fulfill relate to assurance services or public accounting. They must adhere to high ethical standards.


CloseCRPC® - Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

The CRPC® designation is granted by The College of Financial Planning. The designation is granted after completing coursework relating to retirement planning. There are continuing education requirements for an individual to maintain this designation.


CloseFIC - Fraternal Insurance Counselor

The FIC is sponsored by the Fraternal Field Managers’ Association (FFMA). It is awarded after successfully completing four courses regarding fraternal benefit societies, and the fundamentals of the life insurance business, ethics in the industry, and individual and family marketplaces, as well as the total needs program concept, and business insurance and estate planning marketplaces. FFMA also requires an individual to work for at least 12 consecutive months with a fraternal benefit society that is a member of the National Fraternal Congress of America (NFCA) and the FFMA.


CloseFICF - Fraternal Insurance Counselor Fellow

An advanced designation offered by the Fraternal Field Managers’ Association (FFMA). It requires completion of three additional education courses after a Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) designation has been obtained. The FICF designation is granted only to those financial representatives who have shown the highest levels of dedication required to achieve knowledge in the more advanced areas of life underwriting.


CloseFLMI® - Fellow, Life Management Institute

Designation granted by the Life Office Management Association (LOMASM). It is received after the completion of a professional development program and a series of 10 examinations sponsored by LOMA. FLMI recipients have received a comprehensive business education in the context of the insurance and financial services industry.


CloseFPC - Fraternal Professional Certification

Designation granted by the Fraternal Field Managers’ Association (FFMA). There are four courses and four exams required to complete the designation.


CloseFSA - Fellow of the Society of Actuaries

Designation issued by the Society of Actuaries. The FSA designation is obtained when an actuary completes a series of exams, and has previously completed the Associate of the Society of Actuaries requirements. A professional holding this designation understands more complicated matters involving pensions, insurance and investments, as well as the mathematical and technical requirements of being an actuary.


CloseFSCP™ - Financial Services Certified Professional

Designation granted by The American College. Candidates must complete courses and pass an examination focused on financial planning, Social Media, Healthcare Reform and Divorce Planning. Designation replaces LUTCF, discontinued as of 12/31/2013. There are continuing education requirements for an individual to maintain this designation.


CloseJD - Juris Doctor

A Juris Doctor or Juris Doctorate (JD) represents a doctorate level degree in law and is generally awarded after successfully completing three years of graduate study in the area of law. *JD is an educational degree, and the holder does not provide legal services on behalf of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans or its affiliates.


CloseLUTCF - Life Underwriters Trainers Council Fellow

The American College and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) jointly confer the LUTC Fellow designation. Candidates must complete six required courses and pass a final examination. The designation reflects a commitment to the NAIFA Code of Ethics and knowledge of insurance applications.


CloseMBA - Master of Business Administration

Postgraduate degree awarded to students who have mastered the study of business. At many schools, a bachelor’s degree is generally required for admission. Financial representatives who have earned their MBA have studied the theory and application of business and management principles. The MBA program equips individuals with knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of real-world business situations.


CloseMPAS™ - Master Planner Advanced Studies

Designation granted by College for Financial Planning. Individuals who hold the MPAS(SM) designation have completed a Master of Science degree with a major in personal financial planning or financial analysis. There are continuing education requirements for an individual to maintain this designation.


CloseMSF - Masters of Science in Finance

Postgraduate degree awarded to students who have studied financial analysis, investment management and corporate finance. Programs usually require a bachelor's degree prior to admission.


CloseMSFS - Master of Science in Financial Services

An advanced degree obtained after completing graduate-level university study. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required to be admitted into the program. The MFS degree requires completion of 36 course credits. Financial representatives who have earned this degree have reached the pinnacle of educational achievement in the financial services industry. They are able to provide comprehensive professional guidance on complex financial needs.


CloseMSM - Master of Science in Management

One-year graduate degree attained from a university, focusing on leadership in financial services organizations. Applicants are selected on the basis of academic and professional criteria, including a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Individuals who complete the program have a broader understanding of managerial leadership and a global perspective on today’s highly competitive environment.


ClosePhD - Doctor of Philosopy Degree

Philosophy doctorate degree usually based on at least three years of graduate study and a dissertation. In the United States, it is the highest academic degree awarded by universities in most fields of study. The Ph.D. designation is only displayed when a financial representative has obtained the degree in an industry-related field of study.


CloseQKA™ - Qualified Kingdom Advisor

The Qualified Kingdom Advisor TM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated their technical competence as a financial professional, provided evidence of their personal integrity and have committed to providing financial guidance influenced by their biblical worldview. Qualified Kingdom Advisor TM designees also must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold the Kingdom Advisors’ Code of Ethics, Core Beliefs and personal requirements.


CloseRHU® - Registered Health Underwriter

The RHU is issued by the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA, after completing three courses. RHU professionals are required to continue learning throughout their careers and are committed to maintaining ethical standards. Financial representatives earning the RHU have advanced knowledge of group insurance benefits and health insurance for individuals and families.


CloseRICP® - Retirement Income Certified Professional

Designees are trained to understand how to structure effective retirement income plans, how to mitigate risks to the plan, and how to create a sustainable stream of income to last throughout a client's retirement years.