Board Members


Rev. Scott Porath

Scott Timothy Porath, the son of Glenn and Lois Porath, was born in Lincoln, NE in 1963. He graduated from York High School in 1981, and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1988. He is also a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, from which he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1991.

He has served as pastor to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Central City, NE (1991-1996); Redeemer Lutheran Church in Manitowoc, Wisconsin (1996-1999); and continues to serve Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle, NE (1999 – present).

In 1987 he was united in marriage to Catherine (nee’ Hoffman). They have three children, Elizabeth (married to Jameson), Laura (married to JD) and Abbigail, and three grandchildren: Oliver, Clara and Hannah.

Vice Chairman

Rev. Drew Newman

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Rev. Drew Newman is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kearney, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City). He is married to his wife of 45 years, Linda. They have two adult daughters. Pastor Newman, a 1985 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran since October of 1987. Pastor Newman is one of the founding members of the ACELC, and his congregation has been a member since 2012.

Rev. Alex Lange

Rev. Alexander J. Lange was born in Illinois, but spent most of his childhood in the beautiful state of Oregon. He moved back to the midwest for his studies, receiving his Bachelors Degree from Concordia University Wisconsin and his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. The Lord brought him back home when he received his call from Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albany, OR, where he serves to this day. Rev. Lange married his wife, Rachel, in 2013. The Lord has blessed them with two beautiful daughters and a son.

Rev. Daniel Freeman

The Rev. Daniel L. Freeman, son of Keith and Sharon Freeman, was born in Corvallis, Oregon, on December 21, 1972. He was reborn of water and the Spirit on January 21, 1973.

He was raised in Albany, Oregon, where he graduated from West Albany High School in 1991. In 1995, he graduated with a B.A. in Theological Studies from Concordia College in Portland, Oregon. He attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (when it was on DeMun; before it moved to Seminary Place) where he graduated with an M.Div. in 1999.

He served as pastor of Grace and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran churches in Three Forks and Ennis, Montana, from 1999 to 2002 and has served as pastor of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, U.A.C. in Chehalis, Washington, from 2002 to the present.

While attending Concordia College, he met his future wife, Dawn lverson. They were married in Damascus, Oregon, in March of 1997. The Lord has blessed (and, at times, befuddled) them with four children, Hannah, Rachel, Jonah, and Abigail.

Pastor Freeman enjoys both fishing and hunting and finds that catching and killing are not absolutely necessary for the enjoyment. (Many years, it's a good thing he feels that way.)

Mr. Birk Baker

Mr. Birk Baker was born in Nebraska City NE. on July 14th 1973. He was baptized in March of 1999

He graduated high school from Campbell County Highschool in Gillette, Wyo. in 1991. He received an athletic scholarship and attended Black Hills State University, where he met his wife Charity Falin.

In June of 1995 he married Charity in Rapid City SD. He has 5 children, Adriana attending the University of Nebraska and an assistant manager at Hyvee. Tristen who works for Watts Electric in Waverly NE. Three still at home Constence, Wyatt and Lydia.

In 1994 he went to work for then Peed Corporation. He currently is the Production Manager there which is now Sandhills Publishing.

He attends Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle Ne. He has served on the Board of Trustees and has served on the Board of Elders. He currently teaches fifth and sixth grade Catechesis. He also teaches high school Bible class. He is the lay delegate from Immanuel Eagle.

Mr. Richard Lichtenfeld

Mr. Richard Lichtenfeld was born in August of 1974 in Columbus, Nebraska, and baptized into Christ on August 25, 1974.

He has been married to his wife, Megan, since 1998 and they have been blessed with four children, Noah, Samuel, Ruby and Chloe. 

Richard has been a professional in the insurance industry since 1999. 

He and his family are members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE.  He is involved in many areas of the church and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Elders.


Mrs. Myrtle Siefken

Myrtle grew up in western Washington and moved to Idaho after earning a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Washington. For most of her career she was a technical editor at the Idaho National Laboratory, primarily in Materials Science. She is a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians and has served as a judge in Business Professionals of America regional high school competitions.

She enjoys studying God’s Word and is an active participant in Bible class at Hope Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, where she also serves as the congregation's recording secretary. She currently holds local and district positions in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).

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