Thank you for attending and supporting the Focus on Life Dinner. Your presence meant the world to us and made the event a huge success. Your support saves lives.

Unborn babies and the medically vulnerable need your support now more than ever.  Michigan has become one of the most pro-abortion jurisdictions in the world. And it could not have happened without the votes of Christians and Catholics who place all other issues above the only issue that directly and intentionally kills 2,300+ human beings every single day. How can we stop this and save the most vulnerable?

Join us on October 17, 2023, to pray, strategize, and be motivated to end this. Now. Please, join pro-life leaders and advocates at the largest pro-life event in our county.

  • $60 per person, includes fellowship, inspiring talks, and meal
  • $550 for a reserved table of 10

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 6:30pm


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Reverend Christopher I. Thoma serves as Senior Pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School in Hartland, Michigan.

Having become deeply involved in issues pertaining to Church and State, Thoma engages regularly with executive, legislative, and judicial leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. He labors in this way not only to bring the concerns of the Church to the forefront of government, but to carry back knowledge and resources to his congregation and the Christian community at large.

Thoma is involved with various action committees. He is the Executive Director of “The Body of Christ and the Public Square” conference. Additionally, he is often called upon to speak at various political conferences, Right to Life and Lutherans for Life assemblies, and theological symposia. Thoma partners with tier-one thinkers,  frequently sharing the stage with prominent newsmakers such as Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, Dinesh D’Souza, Candace Owens, Charlie Kirk, and others.

Thoma continues to be an invited guest on podcasts and radio broadcasts to speak to current political and cultural issues. He is an avid writer, having written a number of notable volumes on pastoral care, liturgy, and Christian suffering. His two-volume devotional collection entitled The Cruciform Way: A Steady Cadence of Christ for Life enjoys notable endorsements from Charlie Kirk, Sheriff David Clarke, Lt. General Gerry Boykin, and others. On a lighter side, he is the author of two children’s books, Tea with the Moon and There’s a Bug on the Floor, as well as the four-volume collection entitled The Angels’ Portion: A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative, which exemplifies his abilities as a humorist. Having garnered attention in the field of distilled spirits, he enjoys forewords and endorsements from the likes of Dinesh D’Souza (Author and Filmmaker), Stephen Beam (Founder & Master Distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery), Don Sutcliffe (Founder & Master Distiller of The Exceptional by Sutcliffe and Son), Mark Gillespie (Executive Producer and Host of Whisky Cast), and others.

Reverend Thoma’s essays have been included in a variety of collected works. He is a hymnographer and poet, a steady contributor to various magazines and newspapers, and offers regular content for a number of theological and political news media outlets. He provides a consistent stream of information through his blogs and by way of social media, maintains a fixed segment on metro-Detroit radio entitled “A Minute to Stop and Think,” and is currently pursuing his doctorate at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

In the spring of 2017, Reverend Thoma was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship from Salt & Light Global Wilberforce Academy, an extension of the Great Lakes Justice Center. In January of 2021, he was appointed as the religious liberty liaison for the English District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Reverend Thoma is married to Jennifer, and together they have four children—Joshua, Madeline, Harrison, and Evelyn.

THANK YOU TO THE 2023 Banquet Donors:

You are encouraged to join those listed below who have committed to support RTL LC in our unbanquet as champions of the pro-life movement in Livingston County.


Ron & Peggy Weingartz

Knights of Columbus 13450 St. Augustine

Knights of Columbus 2659 St. Joseph

Knights of Columbus 11761 St. Mary

Knights of Columbus 7304 St. Patrick

Knights of Columbus 8169 St. John

Denise & Michael Belon

State Rep. Bob Bezotte

State Re. Ann Bollin

Karla & Tom Boylan



Conely Rent-a-Car

Cary & Barry Davis

Dennise & Ben Derocher

Mary Ann & Robert Gardella

Jeanette & Winston Gee

Drs. Kristine & Kurt Gerster


Mr. & Mrs. Frank Gobright

Kellie Hicks

Holly & Al Houtman

Rachel & Greg Hubbard

Jill & Gerry Jenkins

Marcia & Joe Hune

Cindy & David Jonckheere

Jean & Dennis King


Bib & Hollie Letarte

McMillian & Associates

Mission Cry – Jason Woolford

Sheriff Mike Murphy



Christ & Jerry Rans

Sue & Harry Reed

Jill & Brian Slater


Senator Lana Theis





Cornerstone EPC

Our Savior Lutheran

Place of Refuge

St. Augustine Catholic Church

St. Augustine Respect Life

St. John Catholic Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church

St. Mary Catholic Church

St. Patrick Catholic Church

St. Patrick Respect Life


Elected officials

Frank Sample – County Commission er

Doug Helzerman – County Commissioner

Dave Domas – County Commissioner

John Conely – Brighton School Board

Andy Storm – Brighton School Board 

Bob Bezotte – 50th District Rep

Nick Fiani – County Commissioner

Tom Barrett – Candidate US Congress

Patrick McDonald – Brighton Library Board

Mike Murphy – Sheriff

Terry Croft – Genoa Township Trustee

Jay Gross – County Commissioner

Wes Nakagiri – County Commissioner

Jay Drick – County Commissioner

Ann Bollin – State Rep

Lana Theis – State Senator