Our God is the GOD OF LIFE, and He created humankind in His own image. As handmade, original works of art, our bodies, souls, and lives have inherent and eternal value.
The Bible is full of examples of how God values and loves life; He consistently preserves, protects, and provides for His people. In the ultimate act of love, God sent His Son to die for ALL HUMAN LIFE.
Because we are created and redeemed by God Himself, EVERY HUMAN LIFE is important, valuable, and meaningful.
Y4LIFE seeks to equip high-school- and college-aged youth to be Gospel-motivated voices 4 Life, publicly and privately pronouncing with joy “You are made 4 LIFE!” as well as answering the question: Why should I be 4 Life? Through service, education, worship, and celebration, youth are encouraged to engage in life-affirming activities and become Leaders 4 Life in their schools, communities, nation, and world!
Meet the Director of Y4Life
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.
As Director of Y4Life, Michelle helps high school and college students learn about life issues and how to address them from a Gospel-motivated perspective. She also supports the building and maintaining of Y4Life Teams on high school and college campuses across the nation. When not presenting, writing, or creating social media posts for Y4Life, Michelle loves gardening, taking long walks, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, sons, and daughter-in-love. She lives in Columbus, Indiana, with her husband, Pastor Doug Bauman, and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clifty, where he serves as pastor. You can reach her at Michelle@y4life.org.
Cori joined Lutherans for Life in May 2022. She grew up in York, Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2018 with a degree in business management and marketing. Before joining Lutherans for Life, Cori worked a variety of jobs, including as a telephone interviewer for Gallup, sales intern with the Lincoln Saltdogs, and as an administrative assistant at Saint Luke’s Hospital pharmacy in Kansas City. She lives in Columbus, Nebraska, with her husband, Alex, her son, Dean, and her daughter Claire. They attend Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Nebraska.
Y4Life Media Resource Assistant
Diana joined the Y4Life team in October of 2023 with a background in Lutheran education. Before joining the Y4Life team, Diana was the youth and extended care director at St. John’s Lutheran Lansing, Illinois, and taught preschool in Chicago at St. James Lutheran and St. Philip Lutheran. Diana also teaches at Trinity Lutheran Tinley Park, where she is a member. Diana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Concordia University Ann Arbor in 2007 and her Master’s in Education from Concordia University Nebraska in 2016. She enjoys spending time outside with her family, cooking what her husband grows in the garden, and crafting. Diana resides in Northwest Indiana with her husband and daughter.