Pastor Barry Long was born in California in 1961. While raised in a nominally Christian household, he didn't find a church home until he encountered the Lutheran Campus ministry when he was an undergraduate at MIT (originally intending to major in Physics). Although he transferred to UC Berkeley to finish his degree as an English major (Class of 1983), his first job out of college found him teaching Mathematics and World History at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, California.
After two years of wrestling with his vocation, Pastor Long enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at the Yale Divinity School. He graduated in 1988, completed a unit of hospital chaplaincy in Seattle, Washington, and then did an internship (vicarage) at Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Los Altos, California.
Following that year, he did a year of graduate work in Philosophy at the University of Illinois, and then finished his requirements for ordination by completing a year of studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. He was called to St. Timothy Lutheran Church (ELCA), Wyoming, Illinois, and ordained in 1991. In 1997 he was received into the LCMS in September by colloquy, and began serving Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church as its interim pastor in November of 1997. The congregation formally called him as pastor in the Spring of 1998.
Since coming to Mt. Calvary he has assisted in teaching religion classes at Concordia Lutheran School, taught mathematics at Preus Lutheran High School (now closed), and served as Peoria Circuit Counselor.
Pastor Long and his wife, Sherri, were joined in holy matrimony in 2001. In 2007, Pastor and Sherri were blessed with the birth of their first child, Sarah. They welcomed their second daughter Rebekah in the spring of 2009, and a son, Michael, in March of 2012.