Board of Directors

Auch, Lynette

Lynette Auch – President – and her husband, Douglas, are the parents of two grown, homeschooled children, Crystal and Zachary. Crystal and her husband, Marcus Snearley, PO2 US Navy, are the parents to baby 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 joys in the pro-life movement has been being involved in the ground-work and fund-raising for an ultrasound machine gifted to a local crisis pregnancy center, with on-going fund-raising 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 also assists her husband in the family business, D & Z Energy Systems, featuring alternative energy sources of wind and solar energy systems and providing energy consultations. Lynette and Douglas formerly worked with the South Dakota team of Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ, in which both their children were also involved. The Auch Family attends and is active on committees, lead Bible studies, and are involved in various activities at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Yankton. Formerly they were also active in the local organizations of 4-H and the Yankton Area Ice Association.

 

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Rodney Rathmann – Vice-President – taught and served as administrator of Lutheran schools in Minnesota and Ohio before joining the editorial staff of Concordia Publishing House where he now serves as the senior editor of day and midweek school materials. Rodney was a member of the LCMS Sanctity of Life Task Force. He currently serves as vice president of the National Lutherans For Life Board of Directors. He and his wife, Dawn, attend Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in suburban St. Louis. They are the parents of two grown sons and three grandchildren.

 

McClanahan Evan

Pastor Evan McClanahan – Secretary – is the pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church near downtown Houston, Texas. From Shreveport, Louisiana, he attended Centenary College of Louisiana, earning a B.A. Music. Following two years of work as an executive recruiter, he attended the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago for his M.Div. Before moving to Houston, he was an Associate Pastor at Living Word Lutheran in Grapevine, Texas. Since arriving in Houston, he has focused on a ministry to community college students and young adults, especially those who struggle with unexpected pregnancies. He and his wife Amanda married in 2006, and they have two young children, Adalyn Rose and Alister Gregory.

 

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Rich Greiner – Treasurer – and his wife Laura, of Dansville, Michigan, have nine children. Rich and his wife own and manage a real estate management firm: GFP Management LLC. He serves on many community associations and is actively involved at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Rich is a director of a local community bank and MOST Ministries where he serves as treasurer. His business experience dates back to the 1970s and includes construction, investment, real estate, and military service. Rich has extensive international missionary travel experience.

 

Alabach Keith 2012

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. 

 

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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 and Alabama State Defense Force Colonel, Headquarters Judge Advocate, and Deputy Chaplain. He is a 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 at the Alabama Supreme Court and is currently Legal Counsel 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 and on the Board of the Plymouth Rock Foundation, and 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 of public officials to display the Ten Commandments. He has authored 14 books and numerous audio and video lecture series. He holds six academic degrees in law, theology and political science, as well as graduating from the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War College. He is 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. He and his wife Marlene have been married since 1970, have three children (David, Kirsten, and Justin), and live in rural Pike Road, Alabama.

 

Frohwein Karen 2012

Karen Frohwein – State Representative – and her husband, Randy, are the parents of two grown children, Mike and Amanda, and a stillborn son, Brian. Amanda and her husband, Adam, made Karen and Randy grandparents for the first time with the birth of Gweneth Saren Kilgore in October 2012. Karen serves as president of Lutherans For Life of Iowa. Karen is a graduate of Iowa State University and previously worked at the national office of Lutherans For Life, as well as the Iowa Department of Human Services. Currently, Karen is the executive director of the House of Compassion, a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and supply closet in Marshalltown, Iowa. Karen is also a two-time cancer survivor and is involved in supporting those who face cancer through the comfort of the Gospel. Randy and Karen live in State Center, Iowa, and are active members of Redeemer Lutheran in Marshalltown.

 

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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.

 

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Rev. Everette E. Greene 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.

 

Hovland Stephenie

Stephenie Hovland teaches third and fourth grade in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where her husband, Greg, is an LCMS pastor. They have two teenagers, one in high school and one starting college this year. She volunteers in her church and writes devotions, curriculum, and children’s books. She is a Life Advocate and has participated in prayer vigils outside a local abortion provider (that recently shut down.)

 

 

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Gary Mrosko – Gary’s pro-life activities include daily prayer for life issues and financial support for life ministry. Experienced in non-profit management and strategic planning, he helped the LFL Board develop its current mission, vision, and values statements. Before retirement, Gary directed various non-profit Christian based facilities for people with disabilities for over 40 years. Gary lives in Faribault, Minnesota, with this wife Barb. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

 

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Rev. David Patterson – David is the pastor of Pioneer Lutheran Church (LCMC) in White, South Dakota. He is the Director of the Institute of Lutheran Theology's Information Services Division and its School for Faith and Life where he also serves as a biblical studies instructor. David holds degrees in biblical studies, missions and global evangelism, and information science. David has been married to his lovely wife Penny since 1990, and though they have always hoped and prayed for children, they have never been able to have any. This fact has created in David and Penny a passion to protect and speak out on behalf of God's precious gift of life.