year-round staff


Van Van Horne

Executive Director


Van Van Horne has 24 years' experience with Lutheran Outdoor Ministry, serving in various seasonal and year-round positions at Lutheridge and as program director at Lutherock. He brings a passion for serving both youth and adults alike. Van loves the Dallas Cowboys, playing lacrosse and lightning prevention safety (he has been struck twice).

Pastor Drew Yoos

Program Director


Pastor Drew grew up in Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina before graduating from Furman University. During college he spent four summers as a counselor and area Director at Lutheridge which led him to pursue a call to ministry. He attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where he won the Echols award for preaching and completed his internship in Ft. Worth, Texas. Since graduating from seminary he served for three years as pastor and mission developer in Seattle, Washington and another three years as Pastor for Faith Formation at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Pastor Drew met Pastor Sara in seminary and they have two children- Mikka, 3 and Desmond, 1. He enjoys visiting new places, cooking, and cheering on the Braves, Panthers, and Tar Heels

Pastor Sara Yoos

Program Director


Pastor Sara has called many places home over the years. She grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, lived in Japan, attended college in Boston and seminary in Chicago, and was formed for ministry through internship in Las Vegas, NV and a chaplain residency in Ft. Worth, TX. She has served as a mission developer in Seattle, WA and Pastor of Faith Formation at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls, WI. Prior to ministry, Pastor Sara spent many years in theater and as a creative arts teacher. While in seminary, she wrote and directed 3 musicals. She enjoys traveling, reading, trying new recipes, and spending time with her family.

Brian Vargas

Guest Services Intern

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Brian is orignially from Los Angeles, CA; while he didn't grow up coming to Lutheridge as a camper. He has enjoyed working on staff for five amazing summers. He is super excited to work year-round as part of the Guest Services team and to see God's work in action here every day.

Faith Goyne

Guest Services

Faith is a lifelong Lutheridge camper and has served on summer staff since 2018. After graduating from Appalachian State University in May 2021 and spending the summer at camp, she joined our year-round staff to further serve the ministry she loves. She is passionate about the outdoors and hopes to work with wildlife conservation in the future.

Allyson West

Program Registrar


Allyson grew up as a camper at Lutheridge, she loved spending her summers there. She became more involved with the ministry when she started working in the Camp store during college. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She is loving her role as Program Registrar and looks forward to helping you and your family register for our programs.

Rick Perez

Operations Director at Lutheridge


Rick, a native of Miami, was raised in Texas. Rick went to high school in Newland NC, where Lutherock is located. He was introduced to Christian camping while spending three years in ministry with Teen Valley Ranch Inc., located near Newland. Rick attended Bible school in NY and pursued commercial art while there . Rick has been happily married for 45 years to Marylou. They have three wonderful daughters: Charis, Tammy, and Mary. Rick has had the privilege of serving five Christian camps all along the East Coast. Rick carries 28 years of experience in camping and looks forward to seeing what Christ will do in his life here at Lutheridge.

Chris Ryan

Maintenance /Grounds