2019 LFL Regional Conference – Aurora (Denver) – Speaker and Hotel Information

REGISTER NOW: 2019 LFL Regional Conference – Aurora (Denver), Colorado – August 24
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Hope Lutheran Church
1345 Macon St.
Aurora, CO 80010-3516

Registration: 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Conference: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Adults: $50 • Students: $25

Lunch is included in registration fee.

Area Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express
14200 E. Colfax Avenue
Aurora, CO
2.0 Miles from church

Comfort Inn
14571 E. Colfax Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011
2.5 Miles from church

Best Western Plus Gateway Inn & Suites
800 South Abilene Street
Aurora, CO
4.4 Miles from church

Speakers Include:

Rev. Jonathan G. Lange – Pastor at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Evanston, Wyoming, and Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Kemmerer, Wyoming

Topic Title:  “Confessing Life with Boldness and Joy”

Overview: It is one thing to accept what God says. It is another thing to confess it with boldness and joy. Satan leaves us perplexed and speechless by taking our eyes off of God. His lies are only defeated in the Name of the Triune God. A renewed focus on the Holy Trinity returns us to a bold and joyful confession of the Lord and Giver of Life.

Biography: The Rev. Jonathan Lange is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago (1986) and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (1990). After serving a dual parish in Spencer and Lynch, Nebraska, for six years, he was called as pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Evanston, Wyoming, and later, also, to Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Kemmerer, Wyoming, where he has served since March of 1997. He and April have been married for 27 years and are blessed with nine children. He has published articles in outlets as diverse as Logia; Concordia Theological Quarterly; The Federalist; Public Discourse; LCMS’s Notes for Life, Reporter, and Lutheran Witness; as well as LFL’s LifeDate. He is a past editor of Semper Reformanda: Online Journal for Lutheran Reformation. He has presented papers at the Association for Confessional Lutherans, St. Louis Symposia, Wyoming District Pastors’ Conference, Minnesota North and South Joint Conference, Tell the Good News about Jesus Convocation, the North Texas Free Conference, and the Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations. Beginning in 2013, he became an active voice in the public square through his service as Marriage, Life, and Family Facilitator for the Wyoming District; Chair of the LCMS District Life Coordinators; founding leader of the Wyoming Pastors Network; weekly columnist for the Uinta County Herald; regular guest columnist for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne; weekly radio guest on The Chuck Gray Show, 1230 AM, Casper, Wyoming; and editor of the LCMS’s Free to Be Faithful ® Newsletter.

Rev. Michael Salemink – Executive Director, Lutherans For Life

Topic Title: “A Sixty-Seven-Cent Check Saved My Life”

Overview: In 1974, a 16-year-old Iowa farm girl’s surprise pregnancy threatened to ruin lives. Roe v. Wade had made abortion available just one year earlier for situations like this. But Planned Parenthood was no match for Zion Lutheran Church. The courage and compassion of plain saints patiently serving according to their various vocations cultivated a 45-year marriage, three children, 12 grandkids, two pastors, a soldier, and a whole lot of Gospel-motivated Lutheranism. Listen and learn how God is using you to do the same!

Mona Fuerstenau – Director of Ministry Partnerships, Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Topic Title: “Did God Really Say Indispensable?”

Overview: A look at 1 Corinthians 12:22 exploring the place of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Body of Christ. Practical tools and resources to  support people with disabilities and their families in your congregation.

Biography: Mona joined Bethesda Lutheran Communities in 2010 as a ministry consultant and now serves as the director of Lutheran Ministry Partnerships. She is a parent of two very diverse learners, a retired speech pathologist, and an avowed disability advocate. Mona was chair of the national Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disabilities Task Force for four years after chairing the NW District Disability Awareness Task Force for six years. Mona guest lectures and writes on disability issues and has spoken for over 15 years at a growing number of regional and national conferences. She works towards a ministry model that successfully supports families who experience disability, addresses attitudinal and accessibility barriers, and connects people together in communities rich with the gifts of people of all abilities.

Rev. Roger Wohletz – Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Centennial, Colorado 

Topic Title: “Responding to Assisted Suicide”

Overview: It was a phone call I never expected to receive—one of our church members was planning to kill himself using Colorado’s new assisted-suicide program. Sadly, six weeks later that is what happened. This presentation will not dwell on the details of that experience but will help people respond biblically to the issue of assisted suicide and share ways to witness to those considering assisted suicide.

Biography: Pastor Roger Wohletz grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1994 with a BA in history and from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis with a Master of Divinity in 1998. He has served as pastor at churches in Albuquerque, New Mexico; rural Illinois; and currently at Christ Lutheran Church in Denver. He has been married 21 years to Jenniffer, who teaches preschool at Shepherd of the Hills Christian School in Centennial, Colorado. They have two sons: Nathan, a junior at Lutheran High School in Parker, Colorado, and Noah, a 7th grade student at Shepherd of the Hills. Pastor Wohletz enjoys reading about history and visiting historical sites, playing strategy board games, hiking, and camping.