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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!
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.
Bonnie graduated in May 2022 from Concordia University Wisconsin with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and became an RN in June. While at CUW, she was heavily involved with their life team and led the group for two years. After interning with Y4Life in the summer of 2021, Bonnie is thrilled to have a spot at Lutherans For Life again. She and her husband Eric welcomed a son in July 2022. They moved back to Bonnie’s hometown of St. Louis in December of 2022. Bonnie loves to cook, do anything outdoors, read, and is continuing a years-long attempt to learn to knit. More than anything, she loves being a mom.