The Rev. Dr. Moses D. Barrios is the Senior Pastor of Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California with more than 20 years of ministry, serving throughout Northern and Southern California. He is married to Brenda, the Parish Administrator at Lutheran Church of Honolulu, and they have three awesome kids; Penelope who is attending the University of Hawaii, Amelie and Hansel who are students at Kaiser High School.
Pastor Moses received both his Master of Arts (MAT) in Theology and Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His doctoral project titled, “Confronting the Lack of Racial Unity in the American Christian Church,” is the spirit behind his ministry work.
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His other theological studies derive from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, Hispanic Center for Theological Studies (CHET) in Compton, California and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is an Ordained Roster Minister of Word and Sacrament with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Additionally, Pastor Moses has extensive experience and training as a church planter and interfaith chaplain. Most notably with the skid-row homeless community in downtown Los Angeles and the LGBTQIA+ community of Alegria in Silverlake. Moreover, he has served on large church staffs with various denominations such as the United Methodist Church (UMC), the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), the Reformed Church in America (RCA), the Foursquare Church, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) and his current home of the ELCA. This diverse theological and liturgical background has created a passion to see healing and reconciliation in the local parish and the world.
Moses loves to teach and speak on race, ethnicity, diversity, multiculturalism, church planting and urban ministry. Furthermore, he advocates for the inclusion of our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ, seeks racial reconciliation and unity, and strongly believes the church should be a sanctuary for all people. Enjoys musicianship, reading, traveling, going to the beach, snorkeling, preaching, teaching and is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers. Mostly though, he loves spending time with his wife and three children who reside in Hawaii Kai.