Rick Barklage

Pastor Rick has served in the Lutheran Church for the past 33 years as a Director of Christian Education, focusing primarily in the areas of youth and family ministries and as a contemporary worship and Bible study leader. Most recently he completed his pastoral studies at Concordia University, Irvine, CA, and received his Masters in Theology in August of 2013. He is married to his wife, Joann, and they are blessed with 5 children and 4 grandchildren. He has a heart for missions and gives thanks for the privilege of serving Jesus alongside the people of the Lutheran Church of Arcata!



Gwyn Czerwinski
office manager

Gwyn is a long-time resident of Arcata and member of LCofA. She enjoys her family, the Plaza, camping, and taking walks with her dog, Spencer.




Mike Meyer
church custodian

Mike is a long-time resident of the area, enjoying backpacking, hiking, and time with his family.



Valetta Molofsky
Campus ministry leader

We are blessed to welcome Valetta “V” Molofsky to our LCA staff!  She is serving as the Refuel Campus Ministry Leader and will be coordinating ministry outreach efforts to and with the students of Humboldt State University.  Valetta has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Simpson University and is currently working toward a Master of Social Work at HSU. She brings with her a host of ministry experience and we are very thankful for her desire to connect with students and share the love of Jesus.



Jonathan Claasen, Connie Jorgensen & Tim Claasen
Contemporary Worship Team

Jonathan, Connie, and Tim love the North Coast, music, and leading God's people in worship.

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