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The committee


Joshua Pfeiffer is the chairperson of Lutherans for Life. He is a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia and serves as associate pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Adelaide. Previously he served for five years as the pastor of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Nundah, Brisbane, which incorporated a chaplaincy role at Zion Lutheran Aged Care. Joshua is married to Kimberley and together they have three children.


Chelsea Pietsch is the secretary of Lutherans for Life and has been on the committee for about 10 years. Chelsea trained as a lawyer and has worked in various fields, including bioethics and legal research, legal practice, religious freedom advocacy, and natural family planning education. Her passion for life issues was born, in part, out of love for those who have journeyed through difficult, unexpected or long-awaited pregnancies. She is married and mum to an active toddler.

Janet Schoell is the treasurer for Lutherans for Life. She has worked in finance and administration for over 20 years. She is married and has one daughter. Her passion for life issues has grown out of her involvement with LFL, and she is committed to sharing information about life issues with the wider community.


Margaret Pearce is a mother and wife living in Adelaide. Margaret is involved in music at her family's church, and at Australian Lutheran College. In her part-time job, she visits schools to talk about sex and relationships through Genesis Pregnancy Services (part of a scheme that aims to educate and help reduce crisis pregnancy).


Trudi Skene is the editor of Life News. She is a wife and mother of two adult sons and has spent much of her married life moving from state to state following her husband's career. Trudi has held all kinds of positions in the LCA, including the editor of Lutheran Women Magazine, web manager of the LCA Worship Planning Page, and she is currently a lay worker in her home congregation of Outer Eastern Lutheran Church, Melbourne.


Elizabeth (Beth) Matuschka is the minute secretary of Lutherans for Life. Beth is a nurse and midwife who has a heart for caring for others at both ends of life, giving them the dignity and love they deserve. Beth is married to Lucas. They currently live in rural Victoria, where she is working as a nurse and ambulance officer, as well as being actively involved in the Lutheran church and other community activities.