SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 // 9:30 AM-3:00 PM

THAT WE MAY KNOW — Over both the last few years and the last few months many Christians have found themselves “in the dark” – fearful and unsure of what’s coming, surprised and upset by events they couldn’t see coming, or unprepared (perhaps even embarrassed) as they realized how much they didn’t know about certain important things. There is a lot that our loving Lord wants us to understand – to bring us comfort and confidence, and to help us better make our way through and communicate with the troubled world we live in. We therefore invite you to attend “That We May Know,” the 2022 National Convention of Christian Life Resources.

You can expect:

  • An engaging and informative day either in person among your Christian friends or, for those unable to attend in person, a livestreaming virtual attendance option.
  • Topics of interest: the wonder of life in the womb; the pro-life culture in a post-Dobbs worldGod’s wisdom during times of crisis; live Q&A with CLR’s Life Challenges podcast; and the state of marriage.
  • Words to inform and inspire you from our experienced speakers in a concise “TED Talk” format.
  • Continental breakfast and a delicious catered boxed lunch plus snacks and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Opportunities to view displays from a variety of ministries and Christian agencies.
  • A chance to help our mothers at New Beginnings or clients at our pregnancy care centers (by bringing diapers, baby wipes, non-expired formula, or gift cards from Target, Amazon, or Walmart).

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,”
Colossians 2:2

Schedule of Events

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM  |  Registration & Display Viewing

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM  |  Opening Worship

10:25 AM – 10:55 AM  |  Presentation 1

11:05 AM – 11:35 AM  |  Presentation 2

11:35 AM – 12:35 PM  |  Catered Lunch

12:35 PM – 1:05 PM  |  Presentation 3

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM  |  Presentation 4

1:55 PM – 2:40 PM  |  Q&A Podcast

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM  |  Closing Devotion

Opening Worship


CLR Convention Theme: “That We May Know”

Rev. Forrest Bivens

Colossians 1:28-2:4 28 He [Christ] is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.

Forrest (a.k.a. Frosty) Bivens was born and reared in Tucson, AZ, and, after receiving schooling in both public and synodical schools, was ultimately graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1971. He served as a parish pastor in San Jose, CA, and Saginaw, MI, for 22 years and then served for 22 years as classroom instructor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. He also had the privilege of serving in various district offices (CA and MI) and synodical positions. He retired from full time public ministry in 2015. Since 1970 Frosty has been blessed through his marriage to Sue nee Leyrer. Sue is a retired prep school and LES teacher. The Lord has blessed them with six children and nineteen grandchildren. They live in Greendale, WI, and their home church is Victory of the Lamb in Franklin.

Presentation 1


The Miracle of Life in the Womb

Prof. Robert Balza, PhD, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Wisconsin Lutheran College

The development of a fertilized human egg into a baby is among the most miraculous and awe-inspiring processes that man has ever tried to apprehend. What makes one embryonic cell different than others if they all have the same DNA? How do cells organize themselves in a cooperative fashion to form tissues and organs? This presentation will attempt to shed light on these fundamental questions about life while sharing astonishing images of embryonic and fetal development.

Dr. Robert O. Balza, Jr. is a 1998 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College. Before joining the faculty at WLC in 2005, he earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His primary academic interest is in the cellular and molecular control of cardiovascular development, as well as the mechanisms of coral growth and death. Balza assumed the leadership role of Dean of WLC’s College of Health Sciences in July 2019, having developed numerous dual-degree programs in the health sciences at WLC. Balza and his family live in Germantown, Wisconsin.

Presentation 2


What Happened to Marriage – and What Will We Do about It?

Rev. Donn Dobberstein, Director of WELS Discipleship

Americans increasingly are doing the exact opposite of everything God planned and designed for relationships, marriage, sex, and families. How did we get to this point? This sectional will explore the seismic cultural shift that has changed how younger generations view marriage. It also will identify the opportunities for our homes and churches to partner together in support of marriage for the next generation.

Adopted at age five out of a broken home by a Lutheran pastor and his wife, Donn experienced the blessings of a home where Christian marriage and ministry was modeled by his parents. It influenced him greatly as he ministered 23 years in Lutheran parishes in Topeka, KS, and Port Orange, FL. More importantly, it set a foundation for the 29 years of his own marriage to Beth. Together, they have raised four children (2 boys and 2 girls, ages 18-25 years). In 2017, Donn accepted the call as Director of WELS Discipleship (a merger of adult discipleship and youth and family ministry). He believes a healthy church body has at its core healthy homes and marriages. Equipping and encouraging marriage enrichment in 1,200+ congregations is a continued ministry focus.

Presentation 3


Resilience and Faith: Trusting God’s power, love, and wisdom to see us through

Ms. Laura Reinke, LMFT WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions

Feeling overwhelmed by dark times and difficult days? Learn more about the keys to resilience and how building a resilient faith can help you weather the storms and trials of this life.

Laura joined Christian Family Solutions in 2017 as a counselor in the Milwaukee urban school clinics. She earned her BS in Psychology from Marquette University and her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. Laura utilizes a solution-focused approach while maintaining a systems perspective when working with clients. This allows for an integration of faith throughout the counseling process. Laura also serves as an adjunct professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College in the Psychology Department. Laura’s favorite Bible passage for life and counseling is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Presentation 4


Post-Dobbs: The Pro-Life Cause Going Forward

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources

A review of what legally changed about abortion rights and how the Dobbs ruling alters the way we speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Activism is still needed to protect lives and share LIFE in Christ.

Rev. Robert Fleischmann has been the National Director of Christian Life Resources since 1988. He is adjunct to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary where he teaches a pastoral approach to eldercare and related life issues. He teaches an online Master’s certificate course at Concordia University on Bioethics and Biotechnology. He speaks throughout North America on the Biblical approach to various life and family issues and counsels people with God’s Word in correct decision-making.

Q&A Podcast

Christa Potratz

Challenges, Questions, & Curiosities

Mrs. Christa Potratz, Rev. Jeffrey L. Samelson, and Rev. Robert Fleischmann

The hosts of CLR’s Life Challenges Podcast will provide answers to your questions on whatever issues, topics, or interests you have on life, marriage, family, sexuality, and more. This will be your chance to ask whatever’s been on your heart or mind – and get the answer recorded for future reference and to help others with the same concerns, because this Q&A will be recorded for release as a podcast (you’ll be able to submit your questions before the session).

Christa Potratz is a volunteer for Christian Life Resources and helps host The Life Challenges Podcast. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wisconsin Lutheran College and a master’s in public health from The University of Texas School of Public Health. Christa has worked as a project director on several research projects but now stays at home with her four young kids in Germantown, WI. In her free time, Christa likes to read, play games, and sew.

Rev. Samelson’s role at CLR includes establishing opportunities for Christian service and equipping Christians affected by the erosion of life and family values. Applying the truth of God’s Word on pertinent life and family issues, his responsibilities will include a regular schedule of preaching engagements, education on the broader scope of the CLR ministry, monitoring of life issues, and leadership as a contact for the affiliate organizations of CLR. Rev. Samelson’s service continues a long family involvement: his father was one of the founding members of the first affiliate of Christian Life Resources. Rev. Samelson resides with his wife, Charlene, in Grafton, WI.

See Rev. Fleischmann’s bio above.

Closing Devotion


Rev. Piet Van Kampen

Rev. Piet Van Kampen has served as pastor at Christ The King Lutheran Church (ELS) in Green Bay since 2013. Prior to that he served for nine years at English Lutheran Church, Cottonwood, Minnesota. While in Cottonwood, Pastor Van Kampen also coached seventh and eighth grade football teams for six years. Born near Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and San Antonio, Texas, Pastor Van Kampen has benefited from living and working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds throughout his life. Pastor Van Kampen holds a BS in English from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and an MDiv from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, Minnesota. He and his wife Charity are thankful to be celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary this year. They have four sons ranging in age from 16-24. Pastor Van Kampen has served on the CLR National Board since 2019.


This year’s National Convention is being held at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (KML), 3399 Division Road, Jackson, WI. Jackson is located about 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee and can be accessed easily via U.S. Highway 41. KML has plenty of parking in their parking lots. We will use the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) as well as various classrooms for the sessions. The facility is accessible for those with disabilities.

Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Diaper Drive graphic for Convention

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the CLR National Convention?
Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 9:30 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.

When will registration take place?
On-site registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 A.M. and will include a continental breakfast and time to view various ministry displays before the opening devotion. All attendees must pick up a name badge at the registration table along with their materials upon arrival. You are encouraged to pay the registration fee in advance (although you can pay at the door).

Where will the event be held?
At Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (KML), 3399 Division Road, Jackson, WI. It is located about 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee and can be accessed easily via U.S. Highway 41. Click here to view map.

Is KLM’s facility handicap-accessible?
Yes, the facility is accessible for those with disabilities.

Is parking available?
KML has plenty of parking in their parking lots.

Where will the presentations take place?
All sessions and worship opportunities will be held in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). The lunch will take place outside the PAC.

Who is invited to attend?
Teens and adults are encouraged to attend the CLR National Convention. The sessions are designed for all attendees with a presentation in a “TED Talk” format style.

Is child care available?

What is the format for the day?
The agenda includes opening and closing devotions, and 5 sessions throughout the day. The agenda will be posted soon. All presentations will be delivered in a concise “TED Talk” format: meaning, a series of shorter, prepared talks on a wide array of life-related subjects given by a single presenter. The theme of this year’s convention is, “That We May Know.”

What is the recommended dress attire?
We encourage “business casual” – it is important to be comfortable during the event. Remember that the school tends to be cool, so bring a sweater or jacket.

Will the convention be livestreamed?
Yes! We will provide a livestream of the convention again this year. Using this technology, the convention can be broadcast over the Internet in real-time. Think of it as watching live TV. See below for the fee to livestream the convention on your computer.

Will the livestream of the convention be available online afterward?
It may become available on KML’s YouTube Channel afterward.

What is the cost to attend?
The in-person registration fee is $45.00 per person. The live stream fee is $35.00. High school, college, and seminary students and their spouses can enjoy a $10.00 in-person fee; the student virtual attendance fee is $5.00. Those attending in person will enjoy all sessions and materials as well as a continental breakfast, a catered boxed lunch, and other snacks throughout the day.

Can I attend part of the day rather than the entire day?
Attendees can attend any portion of the event, but there is no reduced registration fee for partial attendance. As an option, you can experience the event on your computer through livestreaming if you are unable to attend in person.

Is there an evening activity?
There will be no formal event in the evening.

What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover; call the office if you plan to use American Express), check, or money order.

Is there a cut-off date to register for the convention?
No, you can register in advance (preferred) or on the day of the event.

Is lodging available?
The Comfort Inn and Suites in Jackson, Wisconsin, is in the closest proximity to the convention venue. Call the hotel directly at 262-677-1133 to obtain the current room rate. The options are a standard room with 1 queen bed; standard room with 2 queen beds; or, suite with 1 king bed.  All accommodations are non-smoking rooms.

How can I register for the National Convention?
Registration is available by mail, phone, or website.

What is the refund policy?
Refunds are available until Oct. 1. After that date, a $5 service fee will be deducted.

How do I contact you with additional questions?
We invite you to call the office at 414-376-0594 weekdays from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (CST). You can also send an email:

What is CLR’s mailing address?
Christian Life Resources
Box 56
Richfield, WI 53076-0056

How can I stay updated and follow the event? 
You can keep updated on our Facebook event page where we announce event details and you can directly invite your friends.

Sponsors & Vendors

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