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.


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Karen Giacomini
Parish Nurse

Karen Giacomini serves as the coordinator of our congregation's newly established parish nursing ministry.  Karen is a retired R.N. with 50 years of nursing experience and 32 years of experience in health care management. She is now volunteering her time and efforts to serve as a Parish Ministry Nurse for our congregation and its people by providing guidance and resources in a one-on-one setting as the need arises.

Parish Nursing emphasizes health and healing within the faith community. It is an idea born out of the understanding of the healing ministry of the church and the assumption that caring for ourselves and others is an expression of God’s love.

The goal of wellness includes physical, mental and spiritual health and is the basis of a Parish Nurse ministry. This one-on-one ministry is an opportunity for the people of our congregation to access support and advice from a Registered Nurse and will be done through visitation, education regarding community resources, health care education and direction with the focus of assisting individuals to remain at home safely and comfortably.

We are so thankful for Karen’s offering to give of her time and efforts to serve in this ministry! 

phone: (707) 839-5147


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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