2017 Lutherans For Life Regional Conferences

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect …” (1 Peter 3:15).

2017 Regional Conferences and More ...

This year LFL conducted four regional conferences as a venture in bringing our message to local communities. This was not intended to replace our national conference, but rather, alternate them each year. This experiment was a huge success. More people were able to attend, some for the first time and some longtime supporters. The messages came from both national and local speakers who brought information important to the various regions. We look forward to holding regional conferences again in 2019.

Please mark your calendars in 2018 as we will be having a national conference at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivet/St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, 2018. We will be celebrating LFL’s 40th anniversary under the theme From Age to Age the Same based on Isaiah 46:3b-4: “[Y]ou have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” Please consider joining us.

Download Fort Wayne Conference Packet Booklet

Download New Braunfels Conference Packet Booklet

Download Lincoln Conference Packet Booklet

Download Pekin Conference Packet Booklet

Watch Fort Wayne Conference Opening Devotions

Watch conference video presentations at the links below: 
Thank You to Our Conference Exhibitors …

Lutherans For Life

Voice of Care

Creation Instruction Association

Concordia Publishing House

Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Lutherans For Life of Illinois

Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center

Lutheran Hillside Village

Good Shepherd Lutheran Life Team

Shantel Handmade Jewelry


A Hope Center

Better Way Imports

Agnus Dei Liturgical Arts

Fort Wayne LFL Chapter

Bethesda Lutheran Communities

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church

Lutherans For Life of Indiana

Christ Child Festival

Allen County Right to Life (ACRL)

ChurchTech Institute

Rev. Dr. Matthew Rueger
Author of Sexual Morality in a Christless World

Remedy Drive

Theodore Allwardt

American Church Group Iowa/Nebraska Brotherhood Mutual

Upbring: New Life Children’s Center

Central Texas Life Center

Houston LFL Life Chapter #132
Russ Wernli, President

National Essay Contest Winners

The LFL Council of Federation Presidents (COFP) sponsors an annual essay contest for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. A winner for each category is chosen from all participating state entries. Those national winners are asked to share their essay at the LFL Regional and/or National Conferences. They receive a $250 award as well as free registration, hotel, and a travel stipend. All entries are based on life issues relative to the conference theme and Bible reference. This year’s national winners are as follows: 

Ellie Nixon is an eighth-grade student at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in St. Charles, Missouri. Daughter of Jeff and Christine Nixon and big sister to Ian, Ellie brings joy to the people around her through her humor and actions. Ellie is tenderhearted and always open to helping those in need. She is active in church, Sunday school, and youth group and assists in the Connections Cafe, serving and greeting members on Sunday. A fan of art and American history, Ellie also loves playing volleyball, both for her school and club teams, and running track in the spring. Ellie enjoys reading, chorus, exercise, and designing special gifts for friends. The title of Ellie’s essay is “God’s Plan for Life.”

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Watch Ellie Nixon Essay Video

Kenzie Anne Boozikee was born on February 1, 1999, and baptized on March 1 by her great-grandfather, the late Pastor H. H. Schauland, at St. John’s Lutheran in Ireton, Iowa. The Boozikee family currently lives in Glencoe, Minnesota. Pastor Dan Welch confirmed Kenzie on April 28, 2013, at First Lutheran in Glencoe. Her parents are Kevin and Sherri Boozikee, who are both graduates of Concordia University Nebraska and both educators. Kenzie has two siblings, Terrin (22), a first-year teacher at New Ulm Middle School, and Kobe (14), a freshman at Glencoe Silver Lake High School. Topping off the family are two dogs, Taz and Turk.

Kenzie attended First Lutheran for pre-school through eighth grade and Mayer Lutheran High School in Mayer, Minnesota, where she graduated in May 2017 with honors. She is currently a freshman at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minnesota, where she is studying sports psychology and journalism and playing for the Bethel women’s soccer team. Kenzie is very active socially, academically, and in church. She attended both the LCMS San Antonio and New Orleans Youth Gatherings and looks forward to serving at the Minnesota Gathering. She is faith-filled with strong beliefs taught by her parents and grandparents, Lutheran teachers, and pastors. She loves the Lord, her church, family, and friends. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She is an enthusiastic writer of essays and poetry. She loves soccer, having been the captain of her high school soccer team and her summer soccer team (Crow River) where she also played indoors. She also coached a summer team of 14-year-old girls. Living in Minnesota, she enjoys both summer and winter fishing. She has also managed a part-time job at Unhinged Pizza.

Kenzie has a toughness, having endured injuries to both her left and right ACLs (knees) in back-to-back years. She had them both reconstructed, endured months of physical therapy, and returned to play soccer through high school and now college. This ordeal has inspired her to want to help other injured athletes “survive” their injuries by using their faith and God-given talents. She participated in the high school choir, has a beautiful voice, and loves to both sing and listen to music. She has lots of energy, loves any kind of physical challenge, and is highly competitive. Her personality unfolds with being a social butterfly with a sense of humor and many friends. She is kindhearted and caring, tough but sensitive. Kenzie owns a contagious giggle known well by family and friends. Her sweet personality is revealed with a sweet tooth for chocolate-frosted donuts.

As her mother shares, “Kenzie has always been our little ‘go-getter’ and ‘fighter’ filled with energy and all sorts of love for life. Now that she has chosen to speak publicly about her faith and her beliefs, we as parents are overwhelmed with pride. God had plans for Kenzie before she was even born, and we are just watching them all unfold. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!” The title of her winning essay is “Choosing Life Reflects the God of Life.”

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Watch Kenzie Anne Boozike Essay Video