Life Together 2024 – Registration is Open!

When: October 19, 2024
Where: Concordia Lutheran Church, Evansville, IN
Registration: $15.00 Registration Deadline: August 31, 2024

Make checks payable to:  Concordia Lutheran Church (with “Life Together” in the memo line)
Send to:  Concordia Lutheran Church, 2451 Stringtown Rd. Evansville, IN 47710

For more information contact:  Rev. David Wiist at 812-461-8171 or dave.wiist@gmail.com

Purpose of these workshops:  Life together is not always easy in the body of Christ. Even when we
have the best of intentions, there are times when our individual experiences are so completely
different from one another that we can find it difficult to relate in a healthy way. These workshops are
designed to help the Christian overcome those things that sometimes cause their brothers and sisters
in Christ isolated or even alienated from their local congregation.

Our 2024 Theme: Your Congregation, it’s families, and Dealing with the Stuff That Gets Between Them.

Preliminary Schedule:
8:45 to 9:30am—Registration and fellowship (with breakfast treats)
9:30 to 10:00am—Welcome and devotion
10:00 to 11:00am—Session #1—Dr. Grobien, Forming Christian Habits in the Household and Church
11:15- to 2:15pm—Session #2—Rev. and Mrs. Curtis, Raising Up Young Men and Women in the Church
12:15 to 1:00pm—Lunch
1:15 to 2:15pm—Session #3—Kathy Witto, Caring for Orphans and Children in Foster Care
2:30 to 3:30pm—Round Table Q and A

About our speakers:

Dr. Gifford Grobien is Assistant Provost, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, and Professor of
Systematic Theology at CTSFW and has served on the faculty since 2012. His research interests
include sanctification, spirituality, natural law, virtue, and some topics in sacramental and liturgical
studies. He typically teaches courses in theological ethics, the Lutheran Confessions, and dogmatic.
Publications include Christian Character Formation: Lutheran Studies of the Law, Anthropology,
Worship, and Virtue (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019); “Good Works and the Law’s Exhortation
and Accusation,” (CTQ, 2020); “Wisdom as the Scriptural Conception of Natural Law,” (CTQ, 2019),
The Ethics of Sex: From Taboo to Delight (CPH, 2017).
Prior to serving at CTSFW, he was a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in the Department of Theology at
the University of Notre Dame, where he also earned his Ph.D. in 2011. While studying at Notre Dame,
Dr. Grobien served as Assistant Pastor of Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church, South Bend,
Indiana, from 2006-2012. He earned his MDiv in Exegetical Theology from CTSFW in 2005. Prior to
attending seminary, he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy (1995-2000).
Dr. Grobien earned his BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1995, where he first met
Regina, originally from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. They were married in December 1995 and
have eight children and six grandchildren. He enjoys playing, coaching, and officiating sports,
especially soccer and baseball/softball. He also enjoys spending time assisting Regina in
homeschooling their children and traveling with his family. He is originally from San Pedro, California.

Rev. Heath R. Curtis serves two rural parishes in southern, IL. where he lives with his wife and eight
children. Since 2013 he has also served the Synod as Coordinator for Stewardship in his spare time
he is an assistant editor for the works of Johann Gerhard and teaches Latin and Greek for Wittenberg
Academy. His recent books include Telling People What to Think: A Concise Homiletics for Lutheran
Parish Pastors (Reredos and Ambo, available at Amazon); Stewardship for the Care of Souls (with
co-author Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador; Lexham Press); Five Things You Can Do to Live a Jesus-
Centered Life (CPH) and Stewardship Under the Cross: Stewardship for Confessional Lutheran
Parishes (lcms.org/stewardship).

Rebekah Curtis teaches part time at St. Paul Lutheran School in Hamel, IL. She has written for a
variety of print and web publications and is co-author of LadyLike (CPH 2015). She does odd jobs for
several publishers, parishes, and schools, and knows the names and birthdays of all eight of her kids.

Kathy Witto went away to college to be “anything but a teacher” but God had different plans.
Therefore, she spent 32 years as a classroom teacher in Lutheran Schools across 5 different states:
Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Indianapolis, IN, St. Charles, MO, and Queens, NY. In 2020, God led her
to seek a dual ministry position between her congregation and school. This new experience offered
opportunity to grow Kathy’s desire to be involved more directly in helping those with personal
challenges, which the inequalities of society can present. Two years later, though a path only God can
orchestrate, she became Spiritual Life Leader at Lutheran Child and Family Services doing just that.
She finds joy in her work, helping others learn that our God in intimately involved in our lives and
provides perfect answers to what we seek. In her free time, she looks for opportunities to visit with
family and friends, ride her bicycle and cheer on her Detroit tigers.