Larry was ordained as Teaching Elder (pastor) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2001. He has served congregations in Illinois and North Carolina and was the pastor of Fieldstone Presbyterian Church, Mooresville, NC, prior to joining the Westminster family. Larry is very active in issues of social justice in and around Gainesville. Larry has participated in mission trips to Cuba, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Belize. Locally, Larry is active in mission outreach with the homeless, with Habitat for Humanity, and with the Alachua County Health Department where he provides free mental health counseling on Wednesdays.
Prior to following his call into ministry, Larry received his BA in Spanish from the College of Charleston and taught Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He has also used his Spanish language skills to assist various police departments with translation needs. Additionally, Larry is a former soccer player who was recruited by the College of Charleston to play midfield; however, Larry’s real love for soccer was as a referee. Larry has officiated at all levels of soccer, including a couple of international friendlies back in the 1990s. Larry officially retired from refereeing many years ago, but still occasionally does some high school matches.
Following his teaching career, Larry entered seminary at Columbia Theological Seminary. During his time at seminary he worked as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Carrollton Presbyterian Church during the school year and assisted his wife during the summers with directing Camp Pinetreat, the former camp and conference center of the Presbytery of South Alabama. During seminary Larry gained an appreciation for issues facing the homeless, the working poor, and immigrants to the US.
Larry has a passion for pastoral care and mental health. In 2010 he receive a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University. In that same year he become a licensed therapist in North Carolina and provided counseling throught his congregation, a local non-profit agency, and a small private practice. He also entered into a PhD program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University and is now working on completing his dissertation, which will be a narrative study on the experiences of same-sex couples who have undergone therapy with marriage and family therapists.
In his person life, Larry enjoys golfing, watching TV, and sitting around enjoying an adult beverage and a good cigar while talking about issues of faith. Larry and Kathy have been married since 1992 (you do the math) and they have three children (Alexis, Timmy, and Alli) as well as two dogs (a boxer and a mutt) and one cat (a grey one).
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