Synod Staff

Rev. Mark Narum, Bishop
Mark_webMark Narum serves our synod as Bishop.  His vision is to help congregations see and then claim the ministry God has set before them. He lives in Bismarck and is a member of Living Water Lutheran Church of Mandan. Mark graduated from Garrison High School, Minot State University and Wartburg Theological Seminary. He is married to Jan Narum and they have three sons and one grandchild.


Sherie Heine, Assistant to the Bishop
Sherie serves our synod as Assistant to the Bishop. Areas of responsibilities include: GIFTS Coordinator, staff to Synod Congregational Life Team, Discipleship Team and Outreach Team, Synod Assembly Manager, and liaison to the WND Synodical Women of the ELCA. She lives in Minot and is a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Sherie joined the synod staff in October, 2012. Prior she served as the synod council vice president and secretary and worked in the education field.

Rev. Lisa Ahlness, Assistant to the Bishop
Lisa Ahlness serves our synod as Assistant to the Bishop.  Areas of  responsibility include Stewardship, staff to Reference & Counsel Committee of the Synod Council and working with congregations in the call process, particularly in the  southern half of the synod.  She lives in Bismarck and is a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Driscoll.   Lisa has been a pastor in WND Synod for the last 23 years, and joined the Synod staff in March 2009.  Lisa is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead  and Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  She is married to Rev. VanVechten Crane.  They have five children and five grandchildren.

Beth Anderson, DM, Synod Ministry Coordinator
Beth Anderson is a diaconal minister in the ELCA and serves as our Synod Ministry Coordinator. Areas of responsibility include: communications, call process, candidacy, faith formation, and LYO. Beth lives in Bismarck and is a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church.  She joined synod staff in February, 2009.   Beth is a graduate of Augustana College, SD, and Luther Seminary. Prior to joining the staff, Beth served at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. She is married to Dallas Anderson and they have two daughters.

Monroe Madson, Financial Administrator
Monroe Madson serves our synod as the Financial Administrator. Areas of responsibility include: financial management, distributing finances that are sent to the Synod Office, monthly and yearly reports for the ELCA, WND Synod, and WND Congregations. He lives in Bismarck and is a member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church. He worked for the Bismarck Tribune for 26 years before joining the staff of the WND Synod in November 2001 as Financial Administrator. Monroe has been married to his wife Nancy Madson for 39 years. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Faith Simonieg, Regional Gift Planner
Faith Simonieg serves as Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA.  Faith lives in Dickinson and is a member of St. John Lutheran Church.  Faith was Executive Director of the St. John Lutheran, Dickinson Trust Fund.  Faith is available to consult with congregations about how the ELCA Foundation can be a partner in supporting congregation trusts or endowments. She is also available to individuals who would like to hear more about how they can support ministries they care deeply about through estate gifts.  There is no cost or obligation to you and all conversations are kept confidential.

Jan Narum, Office Assistant
 Jan Narum serves our synod the Office Assistant. She lives in Bismarck and is a member of Living Water Lutheran Church of Mandan.  Jan graduated from Garrison High School and Minot State University.  She is married to Mark Narum and they have three sons and one grandchild.




Murray Sagsveen, Synod Attorney
Sagsveen3The Synod Constitution  authorizes the Synod Bishop to appoint a part-time unpaid Synod Attorney, with the approval of the Synod Council. Murray Sagsveen was appointed in 2013. He graduated from Concordia College and the University of North Dakota School of Law. He has been the general counsel of nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years, briefly served as this synod’s treasurer, was council chair at Church of the Cross in Bismarck, and is a member of the ELCA Attorneys Association. He is also a member of the board of directors, Lutheran Social Services of ND.