Rev. Jeff Barrow
Interim Executive Director
Jeff's call to interim ministry with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM) organizations began in 2016, after retiring as Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod.
His training and experience in LOM's interim ministry make him an exciting fit for Mt. Cross. Jeff served at various Lutheran summer camps such as Camp Amnicon (WI), Sugar Creek Bible Camp (WI), Lake Wapogasset Bible Camp (WI), and most recently Good Earth Village (MN).
As a parish pastor for over 30 years, Jeff says it has been a blessing to work with young hearts and the people who believe in them again. He is excited to lead Mt. Cross into the future!
Communications & Development Assistant
Sam Garcia is a lifelong Lutheran from Fort Worth, TX. He is a recent graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and a current student at Luther Seminary.
Sam earned his Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication and is pursuing his Master of Arts in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Sam is a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fresno, CA and currently serves as the Administrative Assistant of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Sam spent 3 summers working at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Hillside, CO and 2 summers at Briarwood Leadership Center in Argyle, TX. He is also a musician who wrote the official theme song of the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering!
Sam is excited to share his experiences with his new community at Mt. Cross and is ready to have profound experiences in God’s creation.