Southwest California Synod Youth Team

Each year, in partnership with the Pacifica Synod Youth Team, we host a High School Retreat, for training, inspiration, fellowship, and more. In addition, we elect members to our Synod Youth Team during this event. This year our event will be at El Camino Pines the weekend of November 10 – 12, 2017 under the theme of “Remix” (based on Rev. 21:5), looking at the church in new ways. See the links below for registration information!

Our speaker will be Pastor Matt Keadle of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Los Angeles. Cost will be $99 per person.

We have several youth positions open and we hope that you will consider serving the church at large in this way (there are spots open for adult leaders as well!). The requirements are that youth must be in Grades 9 – 12 at the time of election, and have to be members of an ELCA Congregation in our Synod. The terms are two years in length, unless you are elected as a Senior, in which case the term is one year.

Currently, our continuing team consists of:

President – D.J. Ware

VP & Hospitality – Kaytlynn Haywood

Synod Council Rep – Rosalie Tarsala

Multicultural Rep – Jaylen Ware

Media Manager – Emma Griffis.

Open positions include Secretary and Definitely-Abled Rep, as well as Conference Reps for the following:

Twin Valleys Conference

Channel Islands Conference

L.A. Metro Conference

San Gabriel Valley Conference

Central Coast Conference

Tehachapi Conference

Foothill Conference

Long Beach Conference

South Bay Conference

Please let Janet Renick know if you would like to know more information! (



ELCA Youth Gathering: This Changes Everything

June 27 – July 1, 2018
Houston, Texas  

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. The theme of the 2018 gathering is This Changes Everything, based on Ephesians 2:8 – “By grace you have been saved…” Go to to learn more, and join the  Facebook page for Southwest California Synod 2018 Youth Gathering Leaders to stay updated.

Synod Coordinator Janet Renick is our go-to person for questions about planning and preparing for the Gathering, and Another Level Pastor Jonathan Hemphill will serve as the Synod Day Director for Southwest California.



REMIX: Looking at Church Through New Eyes
Pacifica & Southwest California Synod
2017 High School Gathering
November 10-12, 2017, El Camino Pines, Frazier Park

Download Flyer Here
Register Here 

Our speaker is Pastor Matt Keadle of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church/ Iglesia Luterana San Marcos, Los Angeles. This event is planned, coordinated and hosted by the Pacifica and Southwest California Synod Youth Teams. The event cost is $99 per person (youth and adults), and includes housing, four meals, snacks and all program materials. For those registered by October 27, it also includes an awesome t-shirt! Both youth AND adults must register, and at least one adult will need to attend with each group.

During this time together, there will also be elections to the open positions on each of the Synod Youth Teams. Contact Janet Renick for Southwest CA Synod Youth Team positions and Terri Robertson for those on the Pacifica Synod Youth Team.

Questions? Please contact Janet Renick at or Terri Robertson at



2017 Lutheran Middle School Youth Gathering
November 17 – 19 at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim

Join over 300 Christian youth as we explore and grow in an #instagood relationship with our Lord and one another! This event is sponsored by Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences, and members of the Pacifica and Southwest California Synods of the ELCA.

An exciting weekend has been planned especially for your group! Our Theme Verse is Samuel 16:7b – “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Registration includes: three large group sessions with our speakers and praise band. Friday night activities include Extreme Sports, games and much more! Saturday workshops will focus on teen faith topics, followed by an afternoon and evening spent at Disneyland. We will close Sunday morning with worship.

Register by October 14 here! 




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