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The committee


Karl Jacobson is a BTh graduate of the University of Divinity. He married Lucy Rathjen in October of 2022, and the two of them experienced a miscarriage in their early months of marriage. This experience has left them both with a great passion for the love that God has for all people, born and unborn. Karl seeks to be able to share that love with all who would hear of it through his work with LFL.


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 married to Fraser and, with their four children, is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Adelaide. Margaret loves being involved in church music but also has a long-term interest in life issues. After six years of visiting schools to speak about sexual health and relationships, she is taking a break. Margaret (also often called Meg) is such a lover of babies she can often be found approaching strangers to meet their little ones and have a chat!


Joseph Theodorsen is a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia, currently serving in a locum role at Hope Lutheran Community Church, Geraldton WA. He is also a chaplain at a remote primary school through YouthCARE. He is married to Maricel, and they have four children. Joseph has a passion for the sanctity of human life, appreciating that every person is created in the image of God.


Hayley Simons is a lifelong Lutheran working in the construction industry and living in country Victoria. She is passionate about all things life, especially when it comes to encouraging our younger generation to stand up for these issues. Watching as this becomes increasingly harder to do, she believes with faith, we can bring about change. Change that will help and support and glorify God, our loving giver of life.


Elizabeth (Beth) Matuschka is the minute secretary of Lutherans for Life. Beth is a nurse and midwife with a heart for giving care with dignity and love for people at the beginning and the end of life. She currently lives in rural Victoria, where she works locally as a nurse in aged care, as well as travelling to continue her passion for midwifery. Beth is also actively involved in the local community, including the Lutheran church where her husband Lucas is the pastor.


Rose Vonow is a Registered Midwife in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide. She has a particular passion for those within the womb, no matter the journey bringing them to that place; for it is the Lord who gives this life, and that is something to be celebrated.