Pastor Barbara was born and raised (mostly) in Texas. She has a B.S. in Geography and Planning from Texas State University, and her M. Div. is from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (now part of California Lutheran University). She also has a Certificate in Death and Grief Studies from the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Ft. Collins, CO.
Her first call was at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, ID. After seven years as co-pastor at FELC, Barbara moved on to District Seven Home Health and Hospice where she served as Chaplain, Bereavement Care, and Volunteer Coordinator for five years. During this time, she also started her work as an interim pastor for congregations in the area. Over the next fifteen years she served Lutheran congregations from Jackson, WY to Pocatello, ID as well as several Episcopal congregations. Her last position in Idaho Falls was as pastor for Emmaus/New Day Lutheran, a new congregation where she served for five years before turning it over to a Mission Developer. After moving to Garden City in 2017 she served a one-year interim at St. Paul Lutheran, Ontario, OR.
Barbara began facilitating grief support groups through Immanuel Lutheran Church in Boise in January 2020. Her work with grief and bereavement served her well when her husband of 22 years died suddenly at the end of 2020. She continues to offer grief support groups via Zoom as well as working with individuals one-on-one.
When Pastor Meggan Manlove left Trinity to begin her six year term as Bishop of the Northwest Intermountain Synod in July of 2023 Barbara came in as the interim pastor.
Barbara’s hobbies are reading, cross-stitching, birding, following Oakland A’s baseball (although that may change with their move to Las Vegas), and snuggling with her two cats, William and Miser. She also works at keeping up with Larry’s five children, their spouses, eight grandchildren and three spouses and two new great-grand daughters as well as her own niece and nephew and their families.