Conference Speakers


Dr. David Maier


Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier, the youngest of two sons, was born May 8, 1956 to Dr. Walter A. Maier, Jr. & Leah M. Maier.  His grandfather was the sainted Walter A. Maier, the Lutheran Hour founder.  He was married to Patricia (Kemmerling) on July 19, 1980.  Their marriage has been blessed with four children, Leah, Joel, James and Hannah.  Leah is married to Kyle DeWees and their marriage has been blessed with Beckett and Avery, Pastor and Pat Maier’s two grandchildren.   Hannah was married to Garrett Wenzelburger this past June.

President Maier received his B.A. from Concordia University Ann Arbor with a double major in Biblical Languages and Christian Doctrine.  Attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, he served his vicarage year at West Portal Lutheran Church in San Francisco, CA in 1980.  After his Ordination on August 15, 1982, he served as Mission Pastor of Our Savior in Marlette, MI and then as Youth Pastor and interim Head Pastor at St. Peter in Arlington Heights, IL.  In 1989, he was called to Our Savior in Lansing, MI as Administrative/Senior Pastor.  During his tenure, the congregation and school moved to a brand new facility on a 30 acre campus.  He served there until he was elected President of the Michigan District, LCMS in June of 2009.  During the 2012 and 2015 District Conventions, he was re-elected to another term.

President Maier has been a frequent speaker at youth retreats and men’s gatherings.  He has served numerous times as Dean at Camp Arcadia, Michigan.  He has also served the Michigan District as a Circuit Visitor and as Vice-President.

President Maier’s service to Synod includes the Worship Floor Committee for the 2001 LCMS Convention and as a Council of Presidents representative on Floor Committee 18 – Worker Wellness.  He has served on the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program Committee and the Resolution #4-04A Task Force for the Synod.  He is also serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Council of Presidents.

In 2007, Maier was awarded his first honorary doctorate by St. Peter Confessional Lutheran Church of South Africa.  He was presented with the Outstanding Alumnus Award in May 2010 at Concordia University Ann Arbor during the Commencement exercises where he was also the Commencement Speaker.  In the spring of 2012, Concordia University Ann Arbor awarded him the Doctorate of Laws Degree in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding leadership and diligent labor in the Lord’s Kingdom.  In December 2012, Concordia University Wisconsin conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity to Maier.

A humbled sinner and cancer survivor, forgiven and healed at the foot of the cross, continually awed by the love of a gracious Savior, President Maier looks forward to the leading and direction of our Lord Jesus as he continues in His service.   It is his firm conviction to share his joy in knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God unto salvation for all people.


Mark Teike

Mark Teike has been the senior pastor at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN for nearly 23 years. He has a passion for seeing the lost found and the found reflect the person of Jesus to their neighbors. He and the people of St. Peter's have served in a mentoring role with the Pastoral Leadership Institute from its beginning in 1999. He has been a member of the board of directors for PLI from 2006 to the present. Mark's wife Debbie is the author of "The Art of Invitation" that has numerous applications for building and restoring healthy relationships, in the church, in the home, and in the community.


Chris Gahl & Scott Wise

Chris Gahl serves as senior vice president for Visit Indy, the city’s official sales and marketing organization charged with driving tourism and marketing the city.  He has been at Visit Indy since 2005, most recently serving as part owner of a marketing firm in Honolulu, helping Hawaii tourism.  In 2012, he helped lead public relations for the Super Bowl Host Committee.  In 2013, Chris was named a “40 Under 40” business leader by theIndianapolis Business Journal.  In 2014, he was a member of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Class. In 2015, he co-chaired the city’s Plan 2020 Love Indy committee. In 2016, he helped launch the city’s Film Indy initiative, helping attract TV and film-related production to Indy.  During his tenure, Visit Indy has produced record-setting sales & marketing results, including USA Today naming Indy the “#1 Convention City in the U.S.”  He holds a degree in communications from Butler University. He sits on the board of directors for the Heartland Film Festival and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. He and his wife, Catherine, are disciples at Cornerstone Lutheran Church and have two boys, Kanoa and Kai. 

Scott Wise is the President & CEO of a Pots & Pans Production, the parent management company for Scotty’s Brewhouse, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company, Scotty’s Brew Club and Scotty’s Dawghouse. With 15 restaurants in Indiana, 4 more being built in Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Plainfield, Indiana, the Brewhouse team has been busy. Company sales over $40M and over 1,400 employees, the P&P family of restaurants continues to grow.

Scotty (as he was dubbed by his late grandfather) is a family man, married to wife, Amy, for 17 years.  Their family includes 4 children; Slater, twins, Lincoln and Vaughn, and baby Ivy. 

Wise’s restaurants represent the physical embodiment of his personality and feature upscale, industrial but warm atmosphere, extraordinary customer service, an array of draft and bottled beer and world-class, homemade American comfort food with a twist.  The focus on high-quality food, craft beer, exceptional service, and the exciting sports-minded yet family-friendly atmosphere bridges the gap between generations and blurs typical demographic lines. 

Scotty is well known as a community philanthropist, consistently committing his time and effort along with monetary and food donations to causes in every city in which his restaurants reside.

Scotty’s business accomplishments include the following awards and/or memberships:

  • Indiana Restaurant Association – Board of Directors
  • West Point Financial – Blue Chip Award Winner
  • Indiana Business Journal – Forty Under 40 Award Winner
  • Indiana Restaurant Association Restaurateur of the Year, 2009
  • Dad's Inc., Father of the Year, 2010
  • Strategic Alliance Council, Purdue University Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • 2011 Techpoint MIRA Award for Innovative Use of Technology & New Media Excellence Winner
  • Central Indiana Junior Achievement “Best and Brightest” Top 10 Nominee, 2011
  • Hospitality & Technology Customer Engagement Innovator Honorable Mention, 2011
  • Hospitality Technology Editorial Advisory Board Member

Mark Schulz

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Mark Schulz has been involved in Lutheran ministry since his graduation from Concordia College in River Forest, IL, in 1980. He was a junior high teacher, youth leader, and athletic director for twelve years before attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Following seminary he has served three different congregations as pastor. Presently he is the lead pastor of Trinity in Lisle, Illinois. Trinity is a multi-site church that focuses on making an impact on the local community, reaching those far from God, and helping people look, live, and love more like Jesus every day. Trinity’s ministry focuses on relevant worship, mission-focused small groups, and serving both inside the church and in the community. In addition to serving at Trinity, Mark presently serves the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS as First Vice President.

In addition to his undergraduate and seminary education Mark has a degree in communications from the University of Illinois and is a graduate of the Pastoral Leadership Institute. He is passionate about leadership in the church – especially as it relates to keeping the church focused on its mission.

When he is not “on the clock” at church you are likely to find him spending time with his family: wife Betty and son Christian. Or you might find him engaged in two of the most frustrating activities known to mankind: golfing and cheering for the Chicago Cubs.


Luther Brunette

Luther Brunette has been Senior Pastor of Carmel Lutheran Church, now called Cornerstone Lutheran Church, since 1993. During his ministry tenure, the Lord of the Church has blessed CLC to be part of starting four new congregations and will soon consist of three ministry sites while remaining one unified church. Prior to that, he served as Senior Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church in Affton (St. Louis), Missouri. Pastor Brunette received his first call to St. James Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Indiana where he served for eight years. Luther con­siders it one of the greatest blessings of his life to have the privilege of serving the Lord Jesus and his people in the Lutheran Church. He has served in numerous positions in the Indiana District of the LC-MS and has served on the Board of Directors for the Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. He is currently a member on the Board of Directors at Valparaiso University.

Pastor Brunette's life with God started at his baptism on December 11, 1954, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Conover, North Carolina, where his father was teacher and vicar. Upon graduation from Martin Luther High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Luther entered Concordia Junior College to begin his ministerial training. He then received a B.A. degree in Theology from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Luther completed his theological education at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1980. He vicared at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska.

During his second year at the seminary, Luther married Kristine L. Daum of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, whom he met while singing in the University Varsity Chorus. Kris is a graduate of Marquette in nursing. Their marriage has been blessed with three children: Bethany Linscott (married to John), Rebecca Jurhs (married to Jon), and Daniel (married to Katie). Pastor and Kris have been blessed with two grandchildren: Charles and Elizabeth.