Synod Staff

Rev. Mark Narum, BishopMark_web
Mark 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 BishopSherie_web
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.

Faith Simonieg, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship & GenerosityFaith_web
Faith Simonieg serves as Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship & Generosity.  Faith lives in Dickinson and is a member of St. John Lutheran Church.  Prior to joining Synod staff, Faith served as a Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation and as Executive Director of the St. John Lutheran, Dickinson Trust Fund.  Faith is available to consult with congregations about growing stewardship in their congregations and 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.

Deacon Beth Anderson, Synod Ministry CoordinatorBeth_web
Beth Anderson is an ELCA Deacon 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 AdministratorMonroe_web
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.

Jan Narum, Office AssistantJan_web
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 AttorneySagsveen3
The 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.