Kansas District Life Ministry

In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me ... " (Ps. 139:16).

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me a body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.

Martin Luther

Small Catechism (II, Art. 1)

Holy Scripture in its entirety proclaims the works of God: Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification. As Christians we confess in our vocations the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to speak God’s truth in this world and to act on behalf of the helpless, to seek to proclaim the God-given value of human life in our words and deeds. In this Christian life we at times may need assistance or support in proclaiming the sanctity of human life. In response to this need, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has asked each district to identify a pastor to serve as District Life Coordinator.

The District Life Coordinator (DLC) serves as a point of contact between congregations, church workers, and lay people of the District, connecting them with resources of the LCMS such as Eyes of Life and LCMS World Relief and Human Care as well as affiliated ministries such as Lutherans for Life. The Life Coordinator shares information on these resources and highlights news and events happening within our communities and state. In coordination with the District Office, the Kansas DLC will schedule and plan a District March for Life event either on or near the date of the State March for Life.

Meet the Kansas District Life Coordinator


My name is Matthew Durance, and I am pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Greenleaf and serve as Vacancy Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Barnes. It is my pleasure to serve as District Life Coordinator in the Kansas District.  If you have questions that you need help answering, please contact me either by email (pr.matthew.durance@gmail.com) or at the Bethlehem office, 785-747-2407.  I look forward to our work together, and I encourage all District congregations, workers, and church members to contact me and let me know of the work each of you all are doing to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the sanctity of all human life.

“By awesome deeds You answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by His strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.” – Psalm 65:5-7

News and Events



A group from Kansas recently attended the National Lutherans for Life Conference, “From Age to Age the Same,” on October 12–13 in St. Louis. Pictured at right are Jeanne Mackay, Kansas Lutherans for Life President, Rev. Matthew Durance, Kansas District Life Coordinator, Pastor Michael Schmidt of Peace Lutheran Church in Natoma, and Michael Ulrich, member of Peace, Natoma.

January 12, 2019
St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Topeka

We believe, teach, and confess that we have been created in the Image of God, redeemed by the blood of Christ Jesus, and called by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. But how do we continue to proclaim the Good News regarding our lives in a world that continues to be hostile to life itself? Please plan on joining us on January 12, 2019 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church (901 SW Fillmore St., Topeka) for our first Annual District Life Conference from 9:00-2:00! Our theme is “Alpha and Omega: God for Us from the Beginning to the End of Life” and will feature speakers from our own Kansas District including Rev. Matthew Durance, Kansas District Life Coordinator, speaking on the biblical position on embryo adoption. There is no cost for this event. A lunch will be provided by the St. John’s Lutheran LWML, with a free will offering suggested. Please register by Dec. 30 by contacting Rev. Durance at 785-747-2407 or pr.matthew.durance@gmail.com.

January 17-19, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendars! The LCMS Life Ministry is holding its biannual Life Conference Thursday, January the 17 to Saturday, January 19, with the theme of “Joy:Fully Alive > Body & Soul.” The event corresponds with the National March for Life held each year in Washington D.C. For more details, visit the LCMS Life Conference page.

In a world that struggles with the value and meaning of life, now more than ever is the time to proclaim with boldness not only the truth regarding human life and the value we all have being made in God’s image, but also the Gospel of Jesus Christ who has redeemed the world by His own suffering and death, and proclaims victory by His glorious resurrection.

“This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, who has made all things, who alone stretches out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.” – Isaiah 44:24


Pr. Matthew Durance
District Life Coordinator