• Dale Bartscher


Updated: Oct 11, 2018

A native of Mitchell, South Dakota, Mr. Bartscher is known and respected throughout the state and beyond as a tireless and visionary leader, and a passionate advocate for biblical influence in the public square. His election follows a search process as part of SDRTL’s leadership transition plan. Mr. Bartscher assumed the role of SDRTL’s Executive Director on September 16, 2018.

“We’re thrilled and grateful to have Dale join us as our Executive Director,’” Dr. Fred Deutsch, SDRTL’s Board President, noted. “Dale will help us further our mission of saving more unborn babies, educate our young people about the importance of life, and help us develop a culture of life.

A graduate of Dakota Bible College and Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Mr. Bartscher served for many years as a pastor in Minnesota and South Dakota. After some eleven years as a Senior Pastor in Rapid City, he served three years as West River Director for the South Dakota Family Policy Council. In 2010, he was named founding Executive Director of the Family Heritage Alliance, which grew into one of the state’s most effective Christian public policy organizations.

For the last year, Mr. Bartscher has served South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley as State Political Director of his gubernatorial campaign. On working with Dale, Mr. Jackley commented, “I witnessed first-hand his honesty, dedication, and ability to address complex challenges.” “Working with Dale,” he went on to say, “has always inspired me to work harder and to be a better person.”

Dale is married to Jan, his wife of 42 years. They have two daughters, a son-in-law and two amazing grandchildren of which they are very proud.

South Dakota Right to Life is a non-profit public service organization. SDRTL’s primary purpose is to educate through the presentation of detailed and factual information about fetal development, abortion, alternatives to abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, assisted suicide and related issues, upon which individuals and the general public may make informed decisions.

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