Leaders and Speakers:
Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American film director and producer. His first feature film, The Silence of Neto is a coming-of-age film set in 1954 Cold-War-Guatemala that was the first Guatemalan film to be internationally recognized and awarded. The Guardian newspaper listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons, alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Arjona. Argueta has spent the last 8 years documenting the lives of Guatemalan immigrants in the US in a film trilogy: abUSed: The Postville Raid (2010), ABRAZOS (2014), and The U Turn (2017). In August of 2015, Luis Argueta was awarded the Order of Quetzal in the degree of Grand Officer, the highest honor given by Guatemala. His films can be viewed on-line at www.luisarguetaa.com.
Mary Campbell, the Program Director of AMMPARO, is an attorney licensed in Wisconsin. She served as a missionary with the Iglesia Luterana Salvadorena in its Department of Human Rights for 5 years and previously worked in Global Mission as the Manager of Relationships for Latin America and the Caribbean since 2003. Her legal experience includes work in criminal defense, family, civil and asylum cases.
Rev. Minna Bothwell is a 2014 graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary. She is currently serving in her first call at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church in the East Village of Des Moines, Iowa. CHLC is a diverse congregation that currently worships in English, Kunama, Nuer, and Vietnamese. The congregation partners with LSI, and Iowa Legal Aid to provide useful tools for those who are new to the United States. Rev. Minna and her husband, Nat currently live in Windsor Heights, Iowa.
Gideon Paul was born in South Sudan and spent 17 years in the Itang Refugee Camp and Bimma Refugee Camp. In 1999 Gideon came to the United States with his wife Mary, and daughter Sebit. He currently works full time at DeeZee, is the South Sudanese Lay Minister at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, and is the Chairperson of the South Sudanese Iowa Union. Gideon and Mary have 7 children and live in Des Moines, Iowa.
Martin Lohrmann is assistant professor of Lutheran Confessions and heritage at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the Wartburg faculty in 2014, taught at colleges and seminaries in the Philadelphia area and served as pastor of Christ Ascension Lutheran Church. Among other works, Dr. Lohrmann is the author of Book of Harmony: Spirit and Service in the Lutheran Confessions (Fortress, 2016) and a contributor to By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism (Fortress, 2017). He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing music, traveling, and reading. He lives in Dubuque with his wife Carrie and three children.