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About Heart of Illinois Associates

We're proud to be Thrivent financial professionals and even prouder to be serving in the Bloomington-Normal area.


Each of our qualified Financial Advisors lives, works, and volunteers right here in our community. At our office just off Eastland Drive in Bloomington, we provide personalized financial guidance to people at all stages of life, getting to know them and helping them accomplish their financial goals while supporting the causes that matter to them.


At Thrivent, we view money not as a goal itself, but as a tool that can afford you a life rich in meaning and gratitude. We believe humanity thrives when individuals make the most of all they've been given. We're here to help you do just that.

Chris Ayers

Chris Ayers

FIC, RICP®

Chris Ayers is proud to serve the Bloomington-Normal community as a Financial Advisor, where he has worked and raised a family. His wife Kristen continues to teach special needs students at Bloomington Junior High, and his son Caden is local, too, in welding training. Daughter Kelsie is a nurse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


Chris is active in the community; when not working in the office or spending time with his family, you can find him volunteering for the Salvation Army or participating in community events.

Title

Financial Advisor

State(s) Licensed
AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, MN, MO, OH, SC, TX,
Location

Bloomington, IL

Website
https://connect.thrivent.com/chris-ayers
Phone
309-664-7770
Fax

866-850-0746

    Robert Borchers

    Robert Borchers

    RICP®, CLTC®

    Title

    Financial Advisor

    State(s) Licensed
    FL, IA, IL, KY, LA, NE, TN, WI,
    Website
    https://connect.thrivent.com/robert-borchers
    Phone
    309-664-7770
    Fax

    866-850-0746

      Ryan Eaves

      Ryan Eaves

      Title

      Financial Associate

      State(s) Licensed
      IA, IL, MO, SC,
      Website
      https://connect.thrivent.com/ryan-eaves
      Phone
      309-664-7770
      Fax

      866-850-0746

        Renae Etka

        Renae Etka

        Title

        Financial Associate

        State(s) Licensed
        IL, KS, MO,
        Website
        https://connect.thrivent.com/renae-etka
        Phone
        309-664-7770
        Fax

        866-850-0746

          Tony Gingerich

          Tony Gingerich

          Tony joined the Heart of Illinois Associates in 2017 after several years in the banking industry. He is married to his beautiful wife, Danielle, and they have two children, Willow and Knox. Tony and his family are members of Crosspoint Community Church in Eureka, IL. When he is away from the office, Tony enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and cheering on the St Louis Cardinals.

          Title

          Financial Advisor

          State(s) Licensed
          AL, AR Insurance Lic. #18402593 , CA Insurance Lic. #4354634 , FL, IL, IN, NE, OH, TN, TX,
          Website
          https://connect.thrivent.com/tony-gingerich
          Phone
          309-664-7770
          Fax

          866-850-0746

            Michelle Schulz

            Michelle Schulz

            FIC

            Title

            Financial Associate

            State(s) Licensed
            IL,
            Website
            https://connect.thrivent.com/michelle-schulz
            Phone
            309-268-9700
              Susan Greene

              Susan Greene

              Title

              Office Professional

              Phone
              309-664-7770
              Fax

              866-850-0746

                Julie James

                Julie James

                Title

                Office Professional

                Phone
                309-664-7770
                Fax

                866-850-0746

                  Kyle Foster

                  Kyle Foster

                  BFA™

                  Kyle is originally from Dixon, IL, but moved to the Bloomington area with his wife in 2011 after they were married in 2007. He joined Thrivent in 2022 after a decade working in banking. Emily has been a hairstylist for over 20 years, and now works at Hello Beautiful in Bloomington. They have two children, Berkley and Hudson, who are students at Cornerstone Christian Academy. They are both very active in sports, particularly softball and baseball. Kyle is an avid Chicago sports fan, and spends his free time running and trying to golf.

                  Title

                  Financial Advisor

                  State(s) Licensed
                  CO, IL, NE,
                  Website
                  https://connect.thrivent.com/kyle-foster
                  Phone
                  309-664-7770