Lutherans For Life National Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (subject to staff availability)
Rev. Michael W. Salemink
Executive Director of Mission and Ministry
Rev. Michael W. Salemink began serving as executive director-elect of Lutherans For Life in August 2015 and became executive director on January 1, 2016. He received a BA in theology from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois, in 1999 and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2003. He has served as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Webster, Minnesota, (2003-2005) and as associate pastor of St. James Lutheran Church and School in Lafayette, Indiana (2005-2015). Pastor Salemink and his wife, Heather, have been married since 2000 and reside in St. Louis, Missouri, where they attend Immanuel Lutheran Church, Olivette, with their three sons: Christian, Nathan, and Luke.
Rev. Scott Licht
Executive Director of Finance and Operations
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 in the corporate world for 30 years before combining his business and theological education and experience at Lutherans For Life beginning in 2012. Scott satisfied the requirements and was ordained in the Lutheran Congregations in Mission to Christ (LCMC) in 2014. In addition to his service at Lutherans For Life, he serves as pastor of Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huxley, Iowa—a congregation rostered with the LCMC and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Scott has an adult daughter in the Des Moines area and a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons near Colfax, Iowa. He and his wife, Sue, live near Huxley, Iowa, with three horses. 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.’”
Director of Communications
Lowell joined the staff of LFL in January of 1998. Before accepting this position, he served as general manager of KNGN Good News Radio in McCook, Nebraska, from 1992 through 1997. Prior to 1992, Lowell worked in various capacities at radio stations in Marshall, Minnesota; Antigo, Wisconsin; and Redwood Falls, Minnesota, having received his broadcast training at Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been active in local congregations, serving as Sunday school and VBS teacher, LYF advisor, Lifelight group leader, local LLL president, and choir member. In addition, he has held various church council positions (board of education, president, and secretary), was a member of the Clemons Lutheran School Board, and was past president and secretary of the McCook Sertoma Club. He is currently the treasurer for the Lamberton Lions Club, and, as of March 2019, he serves on the board of directors for Choices Pregnancy Center in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Lowell has also been involved in community theater and local historical societies in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and Nevada, Iowa, and is currently on the committee for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove. Until Russia closed down international adoptions in 2012, he had been involved for several years with Camp Hope which worked to find adoptive homes for older Russian orphans. Lowell has four children (Alex, Kierra, Callie, Eva) and resides in his hometown of Lamberton, Minnesota. The Highbys are members of St. John Lutheran Church.
Michelle Bauman joined the Lutherans For Life team on June 1, 2019. She earned her Lutheran teaching degree in secondary education from Concordia Nebraska in 1998 and a master’s degree in English from the University of Indianapolis in 2011. Before joining Lutherans For Life, Michelle taught middle school English from 1998 to 2002 at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and English, Drama, and Speech at Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour, Indiana, from 2002 to 2019. Michelle also served as Trinity’s Recruitment Director from 2004 to 2017. She lives in Columbus, Indiana, with her husband, Pastor Doug Bauman, and two sons, Nathaniel and Simeon, and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clifty, where her husband serves as pastor.
Rev. Jeff Duncan
Mission and Ministry Director
Rev. Jeffrey W. Duncan joined the LFL staff as Mission and Ministry Director in January 2020. He had been appointed to the National Board of Directors in 2017 after over 30-years of volunteer activity in LFL chapters, his parishes, and as District Life Coordinator of the Kansas District LCMS. Pastor Duncan received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri in June 2001. From there he was placed into a sole pastorate call at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Sullivan, Missouri (2001-2006). He then accepted a sole pastorate call to St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Wichita, Kansas (2007-2017). Pastor Duncan took Emeritus status in August 2017, retiring to move to Bellevue, Nebraska. There he worked and provided support as Melissa took on the challenge of being full-time caregiver for her father in their home. God released Frank from his earthly burdens in July 2018 and Pastor and Melissa continue to make their home in Bellevue where they enjoy a most fulfilling vocation of grandparenting. Pastor Duncan was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He met Melissa while attending university in Rolla, Missouri. Married in 1982 and baptized into Christ on his wedding day, they have two daughters: Lauren (and husband Aaron) who also have two daughters, Eloise and Adelaide, and live nearby in Seward, Nebraska; Brianna (and husband John) who live in Austin, Texas. Melissa enjoys being a grandmother most, to go along with degrees in Occupational Therapy Assistance and Computer Science. Pastor Duncan’s prior work experience includes 10-years retail management with Zale’s Jewelers throughout the Midwest, owner/agent of Farmers Insurance Group in Kansas City, agent with State Farm Insurance in Bellevue, and a Cement Mixer Truck driver with Lyman Richey Corporation in Elkhorn, Nebraska. The couple attend Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska.
Virginia joined Lutherans For Life in September 2013 and currently resides in Eagan, Minnesota. She has spent her life in a dual career both in business management, working for several major corporations in the Twin Cities area, as well as making a career in church work. She has worked extensively in the areas of Christian education, stewardship, and evangelism, while also serving as a choir director where she is able to share her love of Christian music with both adults and children. In her business experience she has worked in management, marketing, technology, and the graphic and visual arts. Her strong conviction For Life has given her the opportunity to speak on all the life issues, with a particular emphasis in the area of physician assisted suicide, which is being addressed in many states today. She grew up in a family that welcomed foster children who found a safe home with them in the country. She has authored a Christian fiction novel capturing some of those foster care experiences. Virginia has served as an LFL life chapter president and is now working in Minnesota helping equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life.
Barbara Lane Geistfeld, DVM
Regional Director of Texas
Dr. Barbara Geistfeld, LFL Regional Director of Texas, and her husband, Dr. James Geistfeld, are “Texans by Choice” after retiring to the Hill Country in 2008. Barb retired from owning a small-animal veterinary hospital and Jim retired from his job as a board-certified laboratory animal veterinarian for Taconic Biosciences. They have a son and daughter-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law, and FOUR adorable granddaughters. She has taught teen and adult Bible Studies for many years and has been a voice for life in the various churches she has attended. Raised in the First Church of God (Anderson, IN), confirmed by faith into the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), active in an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation in New York, and now a member of a Christ-centered Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) congregation, Barb believes these different churches have shaped her faith and reaffirmed her profound desire to be a voice for life. She values life at all stages and ages and wants to share that commitment to life with others. Since accepting the position of Lutherans For Life Regional Director of Texas in July of 2015, she has given LFL presentations to Lutheran churches, schools, and conferences all over Texas. She is a certified Life Team Leader at the church she attends. Barb believes her medical background and her conviction that we are to be “Gospel-motivated voices For Life” equip her to help others create healthy Life Teams that will produce even more gospel-motivated voices for Life in Texas.
Jeri joined Lutherans For Life in January of 2006. She received an Associates Degree from the Association Free Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth, Minnesota. She continued her education at Northwestern Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business. Jerilyn was a stay-at-home mom prior to working at Lutherans For Life. She has three children and attends Stavanger Free Lutheran Church in Garden City.
Kim joined Lutherans For Life in April 2008. Before joining LFL, she was the manager of Creative Apparel, a screen printing business in Story City, Iowa. She and her husband, Kevin, have three married children and nine grandchildren. They are members of Stavanger Free Lutheran Church where they have been active in youth ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and many other church activities.
Jan joined Lutherans For Life in May 2020. She grew up in Minnesota and attended the Association Free Lutheran Bible School. She worked for Mercy and Unity Medical Centers as a phlebotomist until 2001 when she was married and moved to Iowa. Jan was blessed to stay home with her kids until her youngest started preschool. She went on to be a Special Education Paraprofessional for the middle school in Hubbard Iowa. She and her husband made the decision to homeschool their children. She is married to Mark, they have three children and attend Stavanger Free Lutheran Church in Garden City, Iowa.
Katie joined the Lutherans For Life staff in April of 2005 as a part-time data processor. She also works part-time at the Ames Public Library. She received an office assistant’s certificate from Des Moines Area Community College in 2000 and her associate of arts degree from Waldorf College in 2002. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, and three nieces. Katie lives in Ames, Iowa, and is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she substitute taught in pre-school, taught VBS, and currently teaches Sunday school and sings in the choir and plays on the church softball team.
Lutherans For Life Outreach Team
Dennis Di Mauro
LFL Representative to the National Pro-life Religious Council
Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Di Mauro holds a BA (1986) from the College of William and Mary, an MBA (1991) from George Mason University, a Master’s 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 History, Lutheran Forum, Lutheran Witness, First Things, Higher Things, Homiletic 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.
Frequently seen in boots and jeans, Chrissie reveals her Texan upbringing and love for country living. She particularly enjoys time with her family in the garden or at the lake. Down-to-zearth and modest, she prefers genuine conversation on a first-name basis over haughty titles related to her education or vocation. Chrissie is married to her best friend, Steph Gillet, who is a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tomahawk, WI. They enjoy working side by side in the ministry as a husband-wife and pastor-deaconess team. Together they have seven children, but only their youngest still resides at home, along with Phoebe, their Labradoodle in therapy dog training.
Chrissie earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University and completed her psychology residency as an officer in the United States Air Force. She served four years active duty and another four as inactive reserve. God blessed her with a range of counseling experiences in settings such as: a domestic violence shelter, the suicide crisis hotline, military mental health clinics, and a Christian counseling agency. Transitioning from an emphasis on psychology to theology, Chrissie attended the Distance Deaconess Program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. She graduated in October 2018 and was commissioned as a deaconess with Lutherans for Life.
In her position as the Word of Hope Director, Chrissie answers the hotline calls and emails. Understanding both the secular worldview and the Christ-centered perspective, she listens without personal judgment while also responding in Christian truth and love. Motivated by compassion, she often goes above and beyond to connect people with local services and natural supports. Beyond her typical hotline responsibilities, Chrissie writes articles, publicly speaks, and leads Bible studies on a range of topics related to life issues.
Valuing a Christ-centered lifestyle, Chrissie serves her neighbor through acts of mercy. Each year, she opens her heart and home to exchange students from around the world. Amongst her church family, she regularly visits folks who are hospitalized or shut-in, and enjoys the fellowship while creating crafts with members in her home. Within the rural and small-town community, she gifts numerous people with produce from her garden, home-cooked dishes, or crocheted newborn-baby blankets. Truly, to know Chrissie is to know her as your loving sister in Christ.
Deaconess Pamela Buhler joined the Lutherans For Life team as our Word of Hope Assistant on February 1, 2021. Pamela completed her Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2018. Prior to her seminary studies she earned her BA in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1997.
In addition to her role with Lutherans For Life, Pamela currently serves as Deaconess of Messiah Lutheran Church in Keller, Texas, where she cares for members of her congregation by connecting the mercy of Christ to the Church and her people. Pamela’s diaconal care ranges as she brings the love of Christ to people through college outreach, elderly & homebound care, hospital visits, hospice assistance, crisis pregnancy and post abortion healing.
Deaconess Buhler and her husband Buckley Buhler, a Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin, currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas. They have six living children: Michael, Melinda, Christina, Amanda (spouse: David), Joseph, and James.