Ed Szeto is special projects coordinator for LCMS Life Ministries, an LCMS ministry.
He served as the director of outreach for National Lutherans For Life (LFL) from 2003 to 2007. During that time, Szeto traveled more than 190,000 miles and spoke to more than 27,000 people of all ages in a variety of settings. He has spoken at Lutheran and Christian elementary schools, Lutheran high schools and on college campuses across the country. Some of the college campuses Szeto has visited include Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Central Michigan State University; Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.; Concordia University, Portland, Ore.; Dickinson (N.D.) State College; Iowa State University (Ames); Kansas State University (Manhattan); Kansas University (Lawrence); Kansas University Medical Center (Kansas City) and Valparaiso University.
Szeto is the founding president of Lutherans For Life of the Mid-Atlantic States, the regional affiliate of Lutherans For Life that serves Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. He has been an active member of LFL since 1997 and helped organize local and regional events in New Jersey, Virginia and Pennsylvania. He also served in various positions within LFL including as president of the Jersey Shore chapter. He helped organize the chapter's annual Diaper Derby, edited a monthly newsletter, and volunteered at Lutheran Women’s Missionary League zone rallies, church events and the LCMS New Jersey District conventions.
At Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, Point Pleasant, N.J., Szeto served on the board of trustees and board of elders. He served as both Sunday school superintendent and as Sunday school teacher. He was involved with the VBS program for six years and led adult Bible study groups. He also led adult Bible studies at St. John Lutheran Church, State Center, Iowa, and at his current congregation, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Va.
Szeto has also been involved in his community, serving on the board of trustees of the Open Door Pregnancy Center in Toms River, N.J., for three and a half years. During most of his tenure, he served as the treasurer of the organization.
A commissioned lay minister of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Szeto has a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from Boston University. He is currently a pursuing a Master of Arts in bioethics from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill.
Contact Szeto through 888-843-5267 or email@example.com.
- Martin Luther on the Life Issues (60 minutes, high school to adult)
Did Martin Luther write anything that applies to today's life issues? Absolutely! Take a look at what Luther wrote on creation, sexual purity, life and death. We will also explore what today's society says about these issues, take a look at the timeless truths, derived from God's never-changing truth, and see how Lutherans can respond to our fellow Christians.
- Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (40 minutes, adult)
This presentation talks about the attitudes behind those who favor assisted suicide and euthanasia, and includes discussion of the physician-assisted suicide legislation in Oregon, the only state to legalize assisted suicide. The presentation ends with a discussion on how Christians and the church look at these end-of-life issues.
- Are Life Issues Just Political or Social Issues? (45 minutes, high school to adult)
This presentation begins with a quick review of societies that do not recognize God, and how they treat human life. There are brief discussions about how these societies have condoned human sacrifice. The worldview look ends with Nazi Germany and how the Nazis treated those "unworthy of life." The discussion then focuses on what a Christian's view of life should be, as framed by God's Word. The presentation continues with a discussion of various life issues that are called political (abortion), social (pre-marital sex and marriage), medical (embryonic stem cell research, assisted suicide, euthanasia), scientific (human cloning) and legal (advance directives). Through it all, the audience is challenged to answer a fundamental question: "Are life issues just political or social [or medical or scientific or legal] issues?"
- Sexual Purity (45 minutes, grade six to high school)
This presentation begins with the basics of why human life is precious (created and redeemed by God). Since we were bought with a price, we discuss the basics of why sexual purity is important. It also examines the reason we should be concerned with how we dress. This presentation also looks at what it means to be men who are chivalrous. This presentation was written by Ed Szeto and is based on several works by Dr. James Lamb and Linda Bartlett.
- The Basics on Advance Directives (25 minutes, adult)
This presentation is based on a Lutherans For Life (LFL) brochure of the same title, and other LFL brochures by Dr. James Lamb and Linda Bartlett. Additional information includes definitions of certain legal terms used in advance directives. The presentation also includes a discussion of how living wills may eventually lead to legalized euthanasia. The presentation was prepared by Stacey Harding and Ed Szeto.