Mike Koelzer

Mike Koelzer is the pharmacist who has been featured on ABC World News and written about in The Washington Post and USAToday.com.  Koelzer is inspiring people by telling his very personal story and how his pro-life beliefs have affected him professionally. His story is fascinating, and it reminded everyone how they have to be seekers of this truth and followers of their hearts by listening to that quiet little whisper no matter what the price -- even when it affects your family relationships and your pocketbook. I admire Mike's courage and willingness live out Matthew 5:13-16: "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? ... You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

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"Koelzer challenges all of us to live out our Baptismal calling no matter where the Lord has planted us or what our vocation! I'€™m very grateful the Lord gave us the grace to hear the remarkable story of his pro-life journey of faith."

--Cathy Bell, Advisor, Students For Life, Clemson University, SC

"I've heard Mike on the Catholic radio station here in Cincinnati several times promoting his work as a pro-life pharmacist. Certainly, the Church could use more of her lay members taking seriously the call to be a People of Life."

--Fr. Kyle Schnippel, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, OH

"Mike speaks with deep sincerity, with clarity, and with flexibility. As a Pharmacist he knows his subject and as a caring, loving, husband/father and as an American citizen he is very concerned about the evils we face today. I greatly admire Mike for putting his life on the line and for standing up and going public. He not only speaks about this evil he has confronted, but has also taken a firm stand on the importance of family values in our homes, in our communities, and our nation at large. God Bless You Mike.

--Paul Meisner, Knights of Columbus, SC

"Walk the talk" - this is the unmistakable lesson learned from an hour with Mike. In the struggle to find a relationship between one's work and one's purpose, his story reveals the gentle and patient way we are challenged to become a light in the world.

--Ron Baltruweit, Founder "Instruction to John Society" Greenville SC

“The military recognizes seven core values essential in an effective leader: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Mike Koelzer, has demonstrated all seven virtues in his role as a father, a business-owner and as a man. His loyalty to God and country, in that order, were the seeds of those virtues and we have all benefited from them. He exemplifies the American businessman of recent memory in ethics, morals and character. His has become a life of heroic self-sacrifice in the pursuit of living out his baptismal vows. No one could ask for a better friend. He is my hero.”

--Patte Gradwell, formerly of ProLifeSearch.com, PA

“Mike is a very articulate individual who is passionate, while not bombastic, about what he believes is right. Those beliefs serve as the foundation of his life and are clearly manifested in how he conducts his professional life.”

--Fr. Dick Thibodeau, Redemptorist Pastor, Chicago, IL

“Mike Koelzer is the rare business owner who 'puts his money where his mouth is'. As a pharmacist-owner of his own business, he has put his own financial future at risk in order to practice pharmacy fully in accordance with his ethical and religious ideals. There are few people, even among religious clergy, who conduct their lives with this degree of self consistency. For this reason alone, it's worth taking the time to hear Mike speak. Mike's conclusions concerning birth control also relate directly to women's health and quality of life. Therefore, women and those who love them should take time to hear what Mike has to say about these important issues."

--Karen Brauer, President, Pharmacists for Life International, OH

"Mike Koelzer, is a father, businessman, leader, friend and above all he is a disciple of Christ. He sends a clear and powerful message to his audience that the use and sale of contraceptives is wrong. This message has not been well received in this secular world but, with the faith of Christ, he perseveres on."

--Stefan Zollinger, President, Students For Life, Clemson University, SC

"My bias is that being pro-life must go beyond matters of the heart and mind; it requires a response. Mike Koelzer believes the same. He is pro-life, not just in word but also in deed. Acting under conviction by God, Mike pulled every birth control pill from the shelves of his pharmacy and refused to sell them any longer.

Mike tells this story with a wonderful mixture of truth and love…as well as great passion. Mike spoke at our Kick-off Rally for the Grand Rapids 40 Days for Life campaign and my only regret was we didn’t give him more time! When you hear Mike, you will be challenged to listen to—and obey—God’s voice, asking, “What would you have me do, Lord?" "                                                                                                                

--Jim Sprague, 40 Days for Life Campaign Director, Executive Director, Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Rapids

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