2019 LFL Regional Conference – Joppa, Maryland – Speaker and Hotel Information

REGISTER NOW: 2019 LFL Regional Conference – Joppa, Maryland – October 19
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Location:

Trinity Lutheran Church
1100 Philadelphia Road
Joppa, MD 21085

Hotel Information:

Note: Ask for the special rate for the NALC Atlantic Mission Region Conference as LFL is partnering with them in conducting this regional conference.

Hampton Inn & Suites
Two Queens or a King @ $119.00 + tax per night
2110 Emmorton Park Rd., Edgewood, MD 21040
410.670.6000
2.4 mi from church

La Quinta Inn & Suites
King @ $105 + tax per night
Two Doubles @$115 + tax per night
2112B Emmorton Park Rd, Edgewood, MD 21040
410.676.6969
2.4 mi from church

Comfort Inn & Suites
King @ $89 + tax per night
Two Doubles $94 + tax per night
2112 A Emmorton Park Rd., Edgewood, MN. 21040
410.670.6006
2.4 mi from church

Speakers Include:
  • Dr. Bob Benne, PhD

  • Rev. Dr. Dennis Di’Marro

  • Rev. Mark Chavez

  • Rev. Scott Licht

Speaker Topic Overviews and Bios 

Rev. Scott Licht - National Director of Lutherans For Life

Topic Title: “Four Little Words”

Overview: In this session, we will explore how four little words can be both the most deadly and the most joyful at the same time.

Biography: Scott grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota, and was raised in the Wisconsin Synod. He graduated from Martin Luther Preparatory School, Northwestern College (the WELS pastor-training college) and attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary for a short time. In 2005, he earned an MBA and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Iowa State University. Scott worked for Burke Corporation in Nevada, Iowa, as the Information Technology Manager and Supply Chain Manager. He began his work with LFL in 2012 as national director. His true passion, however, is fulfilled in his weekend job—pastor of Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huxley, Iowa. They are a mission congregation rostered with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission to Christ (LCMC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Scott’s role at Lutherans For Life allows him to combine his business experience with his passion for serving our Lord of Life. Scott has an adult daughter in the Des Moines area and one daughter, son-in-law, and grandson near Colfax, Iowa. He and his wife, Sue, live near Huxley, Iowa, with three horses and a cat. Sue also has three adult daughters. Scott says, “There is never a lack of things to do, and I give thanks for how richly God has blessed me. I enjoy serving Him through the mission of Lutherans For Life, and I would ask for your prayers as we continue to ‘equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life.’”

Dr. Robert Benne, Jordan Trexler Professor Emeritus & Research Associate for Religion and Philosophy

Topic Title: “Our Pro-life Callings”

Overview: Dr. Benne will be presenting an argument that as Christians we have multiple ways—through our various vocations—to support the pro-life cause. We belong to families, churches, states, and employments where we can exercise those callings. He will illustrate those callings by telling the story of a remarkable woman who moved from a radical pro-choice, atheistic position to a hearty pro-life posture, which involved bearing a baby out of wedlock.

Biography: Dr. Robert Benne is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion Emeritus and Research Associate in the Religion and Philosophy Department of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He teaches Christian Ethics for the online Lutheran Institute for Theology. In 1982 he founded the Roanoke College Center for Religion and Society, which the College named in his honor in 2013. He was Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Roanoke College for 18 years. Before that he was Professor of Church and Society at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for 17 years. A native of Nebraska and a graduate of Midland University, his graduate degrees are from the University of Chicago. He has lectured and written widely on the relation of Christianity and culture. A recent book was entitled Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics (Eerdmans, 2010). In 2017 Eerdmans published his account of Roanoke College’s relation to its Lutheran heritage in a book entitled: Keeping the Soul in Christian Higher Education—A History of Roanoke College. He has been married to Joanna Carson Benne for 59 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Pastor Mark Chavez, General Secretary, North American Lutheran Church

Topic Title: “Abundant Blessings in Dying and Death”

Overview: The Scripture theme is Job 12:10 – “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” The demand for elective abortion and physician assisted suicide is the idolatrous assertion that life rests in human hands, not God’s. It is one of the most tragic symptoms of our sinful human rebellion against the living God. It alienates us from God and from each other. Furthermore, these forms of murder rob us of the abundant blessings God desires to shower upon us. The killing of the unborn child obviously cuts off divine blessings, but so does the killing of the sick and the dying. This presentation will focus on the abundant blessings our Heavenly Father showered upon his child, Jocelyn Chavez, over the course of her long terminal illness. The blessings poured out upon her, her family, the body of Christ and even strangers.

Biography: Pastor Chavez was born in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Colorado and California. He married Jocelyn M. Bateman of Philadelphia, PA in September 1980. She was diagnosed with a rare, progressive neurological condition in 2012 and died peacefully in Jesus in March 2017. They are blessed with six children and nine grandchildren. He resides in Landisville, PA. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; Queen’s College, Oxford University, Oxford, England; and Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1976 – 1983, primarily in the Directorate of Soviet Affairs, Air Force Intelligence Service, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. He served on a briefing team that traveled to Air Force installations worldwide and presented briefings on the Soviet Union’s economy, political system, foreign policy and armed forces. Mark resigned his commission in the Air Force in 1983 to attend Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary. He served his internship at First Lutheran Church, Miles City, Montana in 1985-86. Pastor Harold S. Goers ordained him at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington, D.C., in 1987. He served as Pastor at: Peace Lutheran Church, Glen Burnie, Maryland from 1987-1999; and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Petersburg, Pennsylvania from 1999-2000. He served as Director and Vice President of the WordAlone Network from August 2000 to February 2010. He served as Director of Lutheran CORE from 2006 to 2011 and has served as General Secretary of the North American Lutheran Church since September 2011.

Rev. Dr. Dennis Di Mauro, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Warrenton, VA

Topic Title: The Maryland Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

Overview: A discussion of the bill, its defeat and likely reintroduction, and the lessons of the Netherlands.

Biography: Rev. Dr. Dennis Di Mauro is Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Warrenton VA. He teaches at St. Paul Lutheran Seminary, moderates NALC Life Ministries, and serves on the board of Lutherans for Life. He holds a BA (1986) from the College of William and Mary, an MBA (1991) from George Mason University, a Master of Arts in Religion (2006) from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the Catholic University of America (2012) in Church History and Sacramental Theology. He teaches religion at St. Paul Lutheran Seminary, serves on the Younger Theologian Colloquy of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), and has also taught at Marymount University and Washington Bible College. Dr. Di Mauro has been active in the pro-life movement for over twenty years, serving as the president of Northern Virginia Lutherans for Life; on the board of Assist Pregnancy Center, Annandale, VA; and as Secretary of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. He is the author of A Love for Life (Wipf and Stock, 2008), as well as numerous articles and reviews in such periodicals as Anglican and Episcopal HistoryLutheran ForumLutheran WitnessFirst ThingsHigher ThingsHomiletic and Pastoral Review, and Touchstone. He currently serves as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (NALC), Warrenton, Virginia. Before his ordination in 2013, Dennis served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and worked for 25 years in the telecommunications and IT industries at companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Unisys, and Nortel. He has been married for 27 years to his wife Coco and they have three grown daughters, Zoey, Lucy, and Veronica.