Year Round Staff
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Our Mission: Providing profound experiences in God's creation
Located in the coastal redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, experiencing our smallness and
God's awesomeness is a daily experience just by stepping foot on camp.
Add in our challenge course, hiking trails, archery, campfires, worship space, climbing tower,
and great food, and we're set to build a program for you that has you reaching deeper into
your understanding of who you are in this world our God loves.
We run 7 weeks of onsite summer camp during (as well as coming to you!),
host several of our own retreats,
and are open the rest of the time for groups of all sizes and shapes
to use our facilities and build their own programs.
We hope you'll consider coming out and experiencing the profound grace of God here!
Since 2014, we've been proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA)!
The ACA sets the gold standard for camp operations across the country, and you can be assured that the facilities, programs, staff, and operational procedures of any accredited camp meet their health and safety standards. For more on what it means to be accredited, click here.
We've been doing ministry in the Santa Cruz Mountains for more than 70 years!
Mt. Cross Lutheran Bible Camp (original name), began after a group of Lutheran Christians
in the northern California region identified this place to enrich youth ministry programs.
Since 1948, with the help of numerous pastors, church leaders, and partner organizations,
Mt. Cross has remained a beautiful and spiritual home for youth, young adults, families,
churches, and outside organizations.
Have an event to add to our history? Contact Us!
We're jointly owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and
the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS). While their politics are different,
both church bodies are deeply rooted in the Lutheran tradition, including
the belief that God’s grace is freely given through faith in Jesus Christ.
Within that, our actual governance is informed by the theology, culture, and values
of the ELCA, and our executive leadership is out of the ELCA.
MTC Board of Directors
President: Mary Hanna-Weir
V.P.: Rev. Sara Pearson
V.P.: Judy Moore
Sec.: Marie Anderson
Treas.: Deauna Mansfield
Rev. Matthew Smuts
Bishop Mark Holmerud (non-voting member), liaison from the Sierra Pacific Synod