After a dramatic experience with Jesus in 1970, Pastor Larry left his profession of Hospital Administration to spend the rest of his life in ministry. He began by working as an Assistant Director of Youth Outreach, Inc. in Vancouver, Washington which had nine group homes in the state of Washington for youth ages 14 to 18. After working with troubled youth for eight years, the church he attended, Christian Center of Vancouver, brought him on staff as a full time youth pastor.
During his 15 years in Vancouver, he was licensed and ordained and served his last years as an Assistant Pastor with two other men. In 1986 the Lord called Pastor Larry and his wife Karen to plant a new church in Bismarck, ND called New Song Church, which is affiliated with the Foursquare denomination.
The church grew rapidly, and 25 years later in June of 2011, he turned over the Senior Pastor position to his Assistant Pastor Kurt Chaffee. The church continues to thrive and Pastor Larry is still on part time staff conducting funerals, weddings, and a limited counseling portfolio. The Lord has directed Pastor Larry in many surprising ways since his resigning his Senior position. He immediately was asked to join the Chaplaincy staff at the Heartview Foundation in Bismarck, a well recognized treatment center for addicts of all types. He was then approached by newly elected Congressman Kevin Cramer to be a Deputy State Director which involved the running of his Bismarck office and overseeing the western half of North Dakota for him. After 16 months working for Congressman Cramer, he joined the staff of Cardon Development Group (CDG), Phoenix, AZ as a Project Assistant. Don Cardon, CEO of CDG, attended Pastor Larry’s church in Vancouver 35 years before, and upon an invitation for Mr. Cardon to check out the possibility of doing some development projects in an oil driven boom in North Dakota, CDG is now actively involved in projects in both Bismarck and Williston.
In an effort to stay busy during his “retirement” years, Pastor Larry just accepted the position of Field Representative for the MY HOPE with Billy Graham Association in July 2015. He remains active in the Bismarck area church scene promoting unity amongst believers across all church denominations. He organizes the National Day of Prayer event held at the North Dakota State Capitol every year, and also serves on the boards of many local ministries including the Christian Leadership Center at the University of Mary, Revival Prayer Fellowship, Circle C Ranch, Bismarck Historical Society, etc.
He and his wife Karen reside in Bismarck. He has three grown children, Jason (Bismarck), Joel and his wife Bree Jahnke (Bismarck) and Jessica and her husband Zach Robbins (Billings). He has three grandchildren, Jaxon, Brooklyn and Loza.