Board of Directors

Lynette Auch – President – and her husband, Douglas, are the parents of two grown, homeschooled children, Crystal and Zachary. Crystal and her husband, Marcus Snearley, (serving in the US Navy), are the parents to their son, Isaac. Lynette has been active in LFL since 1985, helping to form and charter Southeast South Dakota LFL and the South Dakota State Federation. She has served on the board of directors of LFL of South Dakota since 1993, and as state president since 1997. One of her biggest achievements in the pro-life movement has been being involved in the groundwork and fundraising for an ultrasound machine gifted to a local crisis pregnancy center, with on-going fundraising for the continuation of this ultrasound ministry. Lynette received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota, in 1990, and has worked as a staff RN on the Women’s Center of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, since 1990. Lynette and Douglas formerly worked with the South Dakota team of Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ, the local organizations of 4-H, and the Yankton Area Ice Association. Doug and Lynette attend St. John’s Lutheran Church, Yankton, and are active in the church music team, church council, and Bible studies.

 

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Rev. Everette E. Greene – Vice President – was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he grew up. He attended Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, from 1979-1983, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He went on from there to attend Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1983-1985 at which time he left school to help his then ailing parents. After leaving school he had various jobs, most involving his occupational second love, driving. He drove everything from armored cars to armored tractor-trailers, regular tractor-trailers, and finally motor coaches (charter buses). During this time his mother went on to her eternal rest in 1987. His father has had many strokes but is now doing well. In 1997 he met Rhonda Sherrice Smith and her daughter Paige. He and Rhonda were married on Christmas Eve that same year. In the summer of 2000 he returned to his studies, this time at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. After completing his classroom preparation, he was assigned to Ebenezer Lutheran Church-Greensboro, NC. There he served as Vicar for a year. He received his Master of Arts in Theology in 2003. In April 2003, he received his call to be pastor at St. Philip Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was ordained in June 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was installed as pastor at St. Philip in July 2003. In January 2006 he became pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Henry A. (Hank) Gallmeyer – Secretary – along with his wife (Carolyn) of almost 50 years, lives in the country near Decatur, Indiana. They have three children and five grandchildren. Hank is a life-long LCMS Lutheran and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Preble, Indiana. During his professional career he has been recognized for his work in the area of quality and reliability engineering. Along with his civilian career, he also had a concurrent military career in the Indiana Air National Guard where he retired after a 35 years as a Lt. Colonel and as a pilot flying the unit’s fighter aircraft. He is active in his congregation and has held various leadership positions there. His interest and support for the unborn stems from the belief that all life is planned and directed by God and that His Grace is sufficient for all from conception until He calls us home.

 

Ronald L. Soule – Treasurer – and his wife, Diana, have lived together in Mason, Michigan, since they were married in 1973. They have three adult daughters: Tina in Dewitt, Michigan; Tracy in Oakwood Hills, Illinois; and Tereasa in Oakwood Hills, Illinois. They also have eight grandchildren. They have been members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Holt since the early 1970s. Ron has been a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod since he was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1957. He has a degree in bank management from Lansing Community College and later completed the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma. Ron retired as president and CEO of SSB Bank, a small community bank headquartered in Stockbridge, Michigan in 2011, after 41 years in banking in Ingham County, Michigan. Since then, he volunteered in local Christian ministries. In 2012, he was elected as the treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Friendship House MSU—a Lutheran ministry to international students (and their families) attending Michigan State University. In 2012, he also joined the board of directors of Youth Haven, Inc., a Christian non-profit organization that has ranches for underprivileged and disadvantaged youth in mid-Michigan and southern Arizona. Mr. Soule currently serves as chairman of the finance, compensation, and investment committee and also as the chairman of the audit committee at Youth Haven, Inc. He also serves as president of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Holt, Michigan, and has served as the treasurer of the Ingham South Chapter of the Gideons International since 2008. Ron believes, as Christians, it is a blessing for us to give of our time, talents, and treasures in serving the Lord. Ron and his family have been involved with short term missions in foreign countries—including short term mission trips to Germany, India, Kenya, and the Peoples’ Republic of China. (Ron also spent 12 months of his 33 month enlistment in Korea in the U.S. Army in 1968-1969.). Ron says he is “thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ who gave His own life to save me from my sins and that by being baptized and believing in Him as my Savior, I have the assurance of everlasting life with Him and my Gracious Father in Heaven.”

 

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Keith Alabach – State Representative – is a committed servant of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Keith’s Life Ministry background includes serving at five different pregnancy centers in three states. Keith also served on two state life coalitions. He received training at Care-Net and Focus on the Family Conferences and The Center on Philanthropy at IU. Prior to his Life Ministry Keith served in the photographic profession as a photographer and lab technician. Keith used his photographic skills to earn a living and serve on the mission field as team photographer for three short term mission trips. Currently Keith resides in Marion, Indiana and works at Ivy Tech Community College where he has earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Keith is a Toastmaster and has achieved the Advanced Communicator Bronze and Competent Leadership levels. Keith was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Chapel, Bissell Hills, Missouri. He attends St. James Lutheran Church in Marion, Indiana where he serves in the Sight and Sound area of ministry and as Lutherans For Life Chapter President. Keith serves as president for Indiana State Lutherans For Life. 

 

Diane Albers – State Representative – and her husband, Mike, are the parents of three children. Tim is an engineer and with his wife, Jackie, gave Mike and Diane their grandsons, Drennon and Quentin. Bethany is a middle school teacher at Christ Community Lutheran School in Kirkwood and Justin works for a company that fixes generators for nuclear power plants. Diane helped organize the South St. Louis chapter of LFL and served as president. She served on the LFL of Missouri board of directors as eastern coordinator and chapter development coordinator before becoming president in 1994. Diane has taught grades pre-k through freshman English during her teaching career, but is currently retired and substituting. Mike teaches math and coaches golf at Lutheran South High School in Saint Louis and is the sponsor for Lancers For Life.

 

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Jamilyn (Jamie) Clausing was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri. She is a graduate of College of the Ozarks with a degree in Mass Communication and is now occupied as a homemaker on the family farm in Garden Prairie. Illinois. Jamie was a former house mother at several maternity homes and is the life spokesperson for her church, Immanuel Lutheran in Belvidere, Illinois. She is an adoptee and is thankful for her "patchwork" family and a God of grace and forgiveness. She and her husband, Ben, have been married since 2012 and have one child, Samuel.

 

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John Eidsmoe is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, a retired Alabama State Defense Force Colonel, a Mississippi State Guard Colonel and Chaplain, and a graduate of the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War College. He is professor of law at the Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy, and in his various teaching assignments, his students have given him the Outstanding Professor Award or Prof of the Year Award five times. He has served as senior staff attorney with the Alabama Supreme Court and is currently senior counsel & resident scholar for the Foundation for Moral Law. He is an ordained pastor with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations and serves on the board of Lutherans For Life, on the board of the Plymouth Rock Foundation, and on the board of the Gospel Martial Arts Union. He is a constitutional attorney who has defended home schools, Christian schools, the right of students to study the Bible in public schools, and the right to display the Ten Commandments in the public arena. He has authored fourteen books, including Historical & Theological Foundations of Law, Christianity & the Constitution, God & Caesar, and Columbus & Cortez. He has produced numerous audio and video lecture albums, including The Institute on the Constitution and Here I Stand: A Biblical Worldview for a New Millennium. He holds seven academic degrees in law, theology, history, and political science. A lifelong student of the Crusades, he is a knight commander and chaplain for the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem. He is a third-degree black belt with the American Taekwondo Foundation, a fifth-degree black belt with the Gospel Martial Arts Union, and a fifth-degree black belt with Black Belts of the Faith International. Colonel Eidsmoe is an avid horseman and skier, and he tries to get eight hours of sleep every week. He and his wife Marlene have been married since 1970, have three children (David, Kirsten, and Justin), and live in rural Pike Road, Alabama.

 

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Renee Gibbs is, first and foremost, a daughter of the King! She is the wife of Dr. Jeff Gibbs who teaches at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where they have lived since 1992. Renee has earned advance degrees both in Special Education (Webster University) and in Theology (Concordia Seminary). A leading pro-life advocate, Renee speaks out on behalf of the unborn and in love for those women who have been wounded by abortion. She frequently speaks on life issues to groups and seminary classes, encouraging students in their future roles as pastors and leaders. Renee participates in regular prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood. She and Jeff serve as advisors for the Concordia Seminary Life Team. She advised the Teens for Life group at Lutheran High, St. Charles County, Missouri, taking teens to Washington, DC, for the March for Life every year since 1997. Renee leads numerous Bible studies and mentoring groups for seminary wives. She also speaks at retreats and other functions for Christian women. She has led many seminary mission trips to Guatemala. Renee taught and consulted in Special Education for 18 years. The Gibbses have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

 

Stephenie Hovland is a mother to two grown daughters, wife of a Lutheran pastor, church musician, Lutheran school teacher, speaker, and professional writer. She has been involved with Lutherans For Life for several years, mostly at the national board level. She currently teaches language arts to middle school students at St. John's Lutheran School in Portage, Wisconsin, where her husband is senior pastor.

 

Deaconess Tiffany Manor is married to Rev. Jonathan Manor. The Lord has blessed the Manors with four children: Marissa, Grant, Grace and Melia. They live in New Hartford, Connecticut. Deaconess Tiffany is called by the New England District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and serves church workers and congregations as the Deaconess for Human Care. The New England District has shared her with Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, a Mill Neck organization, where she serves as a Deaf Missions Facilitator. Previously she served congregations in Michigan and Illinois, as well as Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. After a first career in business, B.A. in Marketing, and studying in a MBA program, Deaconess Tiffany received a M.A. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

Paula Oldenburg – State Representative – was born to Harold and Clair Jensema, of the town of Easton, Wisconsin. She was baptized at home and grew up as a member of Zion Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Aniwa. Because Paula’s Mother had rheumatic fever as a child, a weak heart, and had already given birth to two children, the option to not carry Paula was given to her mother by the doctor. Her mother refused the option. Paula said, “when find out you could’ve not been born but you were born … you’re almost automatically, thankfully, of the pro-life mindset—not much to doubt about appreciating life there”! Several years ago, she felt led to attend a workshop given by Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb and Ed Szeto entitled, "Learning How You Can Speak," which outlined many ways of putting into practice "what we preach." Through this, she learned about the mission, message, and manner of Lutherans For Life. Since then, Paula has helped to bring a life-affirming presence to Wisconsin through her work on the LFL of Wisconsin board of directors as a resource person and state president. She helped initiate a crisis pregnancy center in north central Wisconsin and served as a Wisconsin Right to Life chairperson in Oneida and Vilas counties. Paula is seeking to complete online coursework in order to get the nine credits she needs to finish her Bachelor's Degree in Community and Organizational Management through UW Eau Claire. She has taken additional in-depth courses and training in listening, communications, special education, childcare, and eldercare. Paula is a musician and home music studio instructor, and has also worked and volunteered in many denominations of Christian churches, as well as in child care, retail stores, assisted living, elderly home care capacities, and with special needs people. Paula and her husband, Mark, live in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. They have no children, but are blessed to enjoy a combination of students, nieces, nephews, and friends. Paula is thankful for the opportunity to “live the abundant life” in a state that has excellent organizations like Lutherans for Life and Wisconsin Right to Life. She strives to help keep strong those who know that God loves life and wants all of His followers to love life—plus reach out and extend that opportunity to all she can.

 

Rev. Charles St-Onge serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the Latin America region. In his role as an area facilitator for this region, Charles helps strengthen Christ’s work in the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. He assists with theological education, evangelist and deaconess training and translation of materials. Charles also provides spiritual care for the missionaries on the ground in those countries. Charles was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada; a master’s degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He has served as a pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, as executive director of Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, and as an associate pastor at Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas. Charles and his wife, Deborah, have two daughters, Olivia and Sophia.