About Lutheran Family Service

For more than a century, Lutheran Family Service has been there for people in their time of need. Operating primarily out of offices in the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Sioux City and Fort Dodge, LFS also serves many rural areas throughout Iowa, providing a variety of services including pregnancy, marriage and mental health counseling and adoption services. Lutheran Family Services offers a number of congregational outreach programs designed to equip people with what they need to successfully manage life challenges before they become a crisis.

Our mission is simple: We walk with people who are experiencing hard times and are there for them just as God has been there for us.

Our values are clear: Grace, Life, Family, Compassion, Accountability and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came into this world to redeem us. Jesus is the cornerstone of our ministry and the focus of all that we do in serving people.

Our impact is profound: Every day, the men and women of Lutheran Family Service bring the good news of the Savior and His love to the world, one hurting or needful person at a time. LFS exists to serve those who need it—to help the pregnant young woman without a plan, the frustrated teen who struggles to understand himself and the couple in need of competent help to repair their broken marriage relationship.

That’s why Lutheran Family Service is here and we will be here for you.

Lutheran Family Service is a private, not-for-profit organization. We help anyone in need, regardless of their faith. You do not have to be Lutheran or Christian to use or support our services.

Our Leadership

Courtney Frerichs

Director of Counseling Services

Holly Eldridge

Operations Manager

Kim Laube

Director of Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services

Max Phillips

Executive Director

Wanda Pritzel

Director of Ministry Support and Congregational Services

Humble Beginnings

LFS has changed significantly throughout our 11 decades but a commitment to Christ-centered service has always been a part of our story.

Discover Our History

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All services provided by LFS are made possible through the care and concern of Christian people throughout Iowa and beyond. Help us continue our mission of service and care by making a gift to support our work.

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