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Please Note: The ACELC Board of Directors are elected each year at our annual Free Conference and Meeting. At the Board Meeting following the Annual Meeting the Board will self-organize. Board members serve voluntarily and without compensation. All funds donated to the ACELC are used for expenses deemed necessary for the operation of the ACELC under the guidelines of our 501(C)3 designation. Financial reports are available upon request.



Chairman

Rev. Scott Porath

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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 and Abbigail; and two grandchildren: Oliver and Clara.




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. The position of Webmaster is not an elected, but an appointed position. The ACELC webmaster serves at the pleasure of the Board. Pastor Newman is one of the founding members of the ACELC, and his congregation has been a member since 2012.




Documents Chairmen

Rev. Alex Lange

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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.




Speaker's Bureau Chairman

Rev. Lon Landsmann

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Rev. Lon Emerson Landsmann – was born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois.  He and Deb were married on May 21, 1976.  Their son, Robert and daughter-in-law Rosie, along with grandchildren, Andrew and Audrey live in Hebron, Nebraska. Pastor was a Tool Room machinist before entering full-time ministry.  He attended Concordia University, Wisconsin and Concordia Theological Seminary, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Vicarage was served in Carroll, Iowa.  Ordained on July 10, 1994 and has served congregations in Kansas, Illinois, Ohio and is currently serving St. Paul / Zion  Holstein and Juniata, Nebraska.  Became an active member in the ACELC in September 2014.




Conference Chairman

Mr. Gary Baker

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Mr. Gary L. Baker was born July 19, 1946 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  He was Baptized into Christ in 1957 and Confirmed in the Lutheran Faith in 1987.

He graduated from High School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1964.  He has three degrees from the University of Nebraska, none of which has made him any smarter.

In 1985 he married Debra R. Daberkow, West Point Nebraska, He has one son, Torrey J. Baker, a Chief Warrant Officer 4 serving in the Nebraska National Guard.

In 2006 Mr. Baker retired a Lieutenant Colonel with 37 years of Active, Reserve and National Guard Service.  He is a Vietnam Veteran and a past Reserve Component Senior Instructor, Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.  In 2014, he retired from the Lincoln (Nebraska) Public Schools with 24 years of service.

Mr. Baker is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska serving as Chairman of the Board of Elders, Stephen Ministry Leader, and Church Council Member.  He previously served as Co-Chair of a successful Capital Campaign and recently retired from the Finance Committee.

He has been a Lay Delegate to the ACELC since its inception.  He currently serves as Conference Chairman for the ACELC.




Technology & Media Chairman

Birk Baker

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

He graduated highschool from Campbell County Highschool in Gillette, Wyo. in 1991. He recieved 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 Luthern 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 highschool bible class. He is the lay delegate from Immanuel Eagle.




Secretary

Myrtle Siefken

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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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