Outlaw Ranch

Family Camp at Outlaw

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Come spend quality time with your family in a relaxed atmosphere, featuring great food and Christian community in a peaceful Black Hills valley. Outlaw Ranch welcomes families of all sizes and descriptions. Weeks include multiple generations, as parents, children, grandchildren, and singles come together for a week of family camp. During this week you’ll live in a community of grace surrounded by family and friends as you play, pray, worship, and grow together in faith.


June 30-July 5

Drawn to the Word

Hearing (and Seeing) the Voice of the Good Shepherd
Join Paul Oman on this journey through the Scriptures as we hear and distinguish between the voices of the Good Shepherd (Jesus) and the serpent, spoken to us today in many forms.  Paul will paint our way through these stories as you watch and participate, giving visual depictions of God's law and grace that will unfold before your eyes (and ears).  

Learn more about Paul's ministry at:  www.paulomanfineart.com



Pastor Paul Oman has been painting larger-than-life sized murals for live audiences since 2006. While serving as a Lutheran pastor in Wisconsin for 8 years, he painted the message during worship on Good Friday and Christmas Eve. The word got out (so to speak) and as a result, Paul has painted full-time across the United States and in China since June 2011 with his Drawn to the Word artistic ministry. You will see stories of the Old and New Testament with memorable perspective through the visual arts, the live painting process, music & sound, and Crossways Bible materials developed by the Rev. Dr. Harry Wendt. Come and see!



Nate Bergengren is an experienced worship leader and an accomplished guitar player and vocalist. He understands his work as helping communities find their song, and he senses the God-message in all kinds of art. In particular, he has seen the power that pop music has for those who struggle to understand the relevance of church. Having served in a variety of contexts with many different musicians and leaders, Nate has gained a broad perspective of the wide scope of modern expressions of worship. He has a B.A in religion from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, has worked in youth ministry, and is currently Director of Modern Worship Arts & Media at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, MN.

July 7-12

First-Century Mediterranean Culture and Twenty-First Century North Atlantic Culture: Reading the New Testament Today

Our theology is significantly informed by our cultural cues. In other words, who we are and how we see the world informs the ways that we read the Bible and how we understand God. During our week together, we will read sections of the New Testament utilizing methods from cultural anthropology. This interpretive lens will provide us with greater insight into understanding the Bible in its first-century context and in our world today. Plus, it is fascinating and a lot of fun!



Dr. Rev. Matt Marohl serves as the College Pastor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Previously, he taught New Testament at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and served as a pastor in the Chicago area and in the Quad-Cities. He is the author of three books and most recently penned commentaries on The Gospel of Matthew and Hebrews for a forthcoming single-volume commentary on Bloomsbury Academic Press. He lives in Northfield with his wife Sarah, and their two daughters, Noa and Greta.



Beth Dorsing is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter. Churches nationwide have come to know her voice and talents as one of the lead singers of the band, 100 White Flags. A remarkable singer and songwriter, Beth brings a warm and joyful presence to the stage. Having performed nationwide at numerous youth gatherings, coffee houses, and churches for audiences of all ages, Beth has a passion and love for using performance as a way to share the love and Gospel of Christ. Beth brings with her music her testimony and personal stories of joy and heartbreak, of times of trial, pain, and ultimately triumph through Jesus. She is also a wife and mother to three wonderful boys.  

July 21-26

Communion and Creation: Claimed, Gathered, and Sent in a Changing World 

Communion, one of the central acts of worship, relies upon the bounty of creation. The very things that we consume—bread and wine—are elements of creation, and through them we are united with the body of Christ. During our time together we will explore how creation, liturgy, and discipleship connect through song, Bible study, “Dinner Church”, and theological study. In short, we will consider what it means to become what we eat: the body of Christ for the sake of all creation. 



Rev. Jim Rowe and Dr. Terra Schwerin Rowe
live in Denton, TX where Terra is assistant professor of religion and ecology at the University of North Texas and Jim is chaplain at a local retirement and nursing community. Both Terra and Jim originally come from the Midwest (Terra from South Dakota, Jim from Minnesota) and are graduates of Luther College in Decorah, IA and Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA. Jim has served congregations in Michigan, Connecticut, and New York where his ministry has connected with issues of poverty, racism, liturgy, and food scarcity. Terra writes on issues of religion and creation care, especially in the Lutheran tradition. She teaches courses like Religion and Science and while living in New York created an interfaith ministry connecting issues of food, faith, and community in the Hudson River Valley. She is author of Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition. Terra and Jim are parents of two young girls and have been well trained by their cat.

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July 28-August 2

Bilingual Christmas in July

Come join Pastors Jorge and Stephanie Espinoza to learn about the differences in the Christmas story in the gospels of Matthew and Luke (presented in English and Spanish). Also, come ready to learn and share about Christmas celebrations across a variety of global cultures. Each family will get to make and take home a Nativity with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and more! Bring your ugly Christmas sweater to camp and be ready to sing your favorite carols! 

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Pastors Stephanie and Jorge Espinoza

Pastor Stephanie Espinoza is a Minnesota native. Prior to returning to her home state, she traveled the world and has a love for the global community. After graduating with a BA in Youth and Family Ministry from Augsburg College, Pastor Stephanie went to seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her first call was through ELCA Global Mission. Pastor Stephanie met her husband, Pastor Jorge Espinoza, in Costa Rica. 

Pastor Jorge Espinoza is from Nicaragua. He had already served in a Franciscan religious order for 13 years serving missions across Central America. He attended seminary in Costa Rica. After leaving the Catholic Church, Pastor Jorge was introduced to the Lutheran Church in Costa Rica by his brother who served as a Lutheran pastor. He loved that the church proclaimed God's grace and worked at the margins, so he also become a Lutheran pastor.

Pastor Stephanie and Pastor Jorge have two children, Simon and Scarlett. They live on a 140 acre farm that is being developed into a nature center, where Pastor Jorge works bi-vocationally. They love to go on hikes, look for berries and care for all God’s critters!



From the capital of Honduras Omar Mixco. currently lives in Chicago, IL. Playing for many bands like his home church band from Naperville, IL.  "Eleven-Eleven Band" at Good Shepherd, his local church Luther Memorial Church of Chicago -LMC and, for the  ELCA -Leading worship on the national and international context since 2009. "The Glocal Musician-Educators endeavor to be part of the diverse voices that are renewing worship by gathering and sharing the gifts of the whole church. Renewed by global and local voices, worship can respond to the world we serve, and remember the diverse body of Christ. This community representing many countries, denominations and cultures celebrates the body of Christ by singing songs and stories that give witness to God in Christ, raises awareness and inspires advocacy". -Mission Formation, Global Mission, ELCA.

In addition, Mixco works independently in several churches in Honduras, Mexico and Chicago as a guitarist. From September 2007 to May 2008, Mixco also worked independently in many churches in New York City. In July 2009 and 2012, Mixco's guitar leaded worship at the ELCA Youth Multicultural Leadership Event  in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Omar began playing guitar at the early age at his local church in Tegucigalpa and graduated to teach lessons at the age of 23 (UNAH Music Department). In 2003, with a group of local musicians, Mixco formed the rock band Antivirus and launched their professional music career. In 2006, Antivirus won a battle of band competition during which the band traveled through eight Honduran cities with the final competition held in San Pedro Sula, where Antivirus won a recording contract and the production of their first music video.

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Amy Marga is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary. Marga is a trained racial justice facilitator through the Minneapolis YWCA and teaches a course on Race and Protestantism at Luther Seminary. She enjoys speaking on feminism, gender, race, and the Christian tradition in local congregations. She lives in St Paul with her husband, two boys, and a poodle.



Tangled Blue (Joel and Aimee Pakan) Making music together since 2003, Joel and Aimee Pakan have shared their music in congregations, festivals, and youth gatherings around the globe. You may have met them in previous years or out at Outlaw Ranch in the Black Hills. Currently both Joel and Aimee are Fund for Leaders Scholarship recipients studying at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia.

Family Camp Pricing

Adult (12 and up) - $475
Children (3-11) - $375
Children (under 3) - FREE
Extended adult family member in same lodging - $350
Extended child (3-12) family member in same lodging - $250
Family Maximum Fee - $2,000

Scholarships available, please complete our online scholarship form or contact our Registrar for more information.