In the sports world, a strong defense is the best offense. The same is true for churches—a strong governance system helps protect your church. Two leaders from Thrivent Church Financing talk on this vital area for churches. Chris Lewis, Senior Relationship Manager, and Teresa Loker, Director of Church Loan Underwriting, bring their expertise to this topic.

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Thrivent is a not-for-profit financial services organization that helps Christians on their wise-with-money journey. Thrivent Church Financing has been working nationally with growing ministries for over 100 years by providing flexible financing solutions.

Currently serving more than 1,300 church clients, Thrivent offers flexible solutions, expertise and competitive terms to the financing needs of growing churches. Understanding the unique needs of each church, they offer a variety of loan features including long-term fixed rates and fully amortizing loans up to 30 years in duration. In turn, ministries can live out their wise-with-money journey.

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About the Speakers

Chris Lewis the Senior Relationship Manager at Thrivent Church Financing. Born in Brazil, where his parents served as missionaries, Chris learned 3 languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English. In 2006, after assisting the church he was attending with a capital campaign, Chris discovered that there was a need for lenders to work with growing ministries. Over the years, Chris has worked with growing ministries by providing sustainable financing solutions for construction, acquisition and refinancing. Chris obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Harding University in 1996.

Teresa Loker is Director of Church Loan Underwriting at Thrivent Church Financing. Teresa has been helping ministries nationwide with their financing needs for the last 25 years. She was previously with Bank of the West in their Religious Institution Lending Division. As the Managing Director of Credit, she oversaw a $1.3 billion church loan portfolio with direct management of the underwriting team. During her tenure, she was also a relationship manager and played a key role in business development. Her career experience also includes jobs in retail banking, commercial real estate and asset based lending. She has a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University and is also fluent in Spanish.


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