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Rev. Dr. Larry G. Griffin

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • bachelor's degree
    University of Maine
  • Methodist Theology School
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The Faithful Ones
www.sunburynews.com, 25 Aug 2002 [cached]
John Dotson / Mike Stanziola / Dan Burris / Larry Griffin / Carol Weiss
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Griffin Took A Spiritual Journey To Find His Faith
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"I Love to tell the Story" . . . Larry Griffin claims this old Katherine Hankey hymn as his life's theme and he has dedicated his life to telling the story of Jesus.
"I'll be done by noon, and that's a promise more or less," said Griffin to his congregation on Sunday morning as he began the message at First Baptist Church of Sunbury.He has been the pastor there for the past 13 1/2 years.
Griffin has a story of his own to tell.
"I've always known that my mom was my mom, my father was my father, and that God was my God," said Griffin.A career military man, Griffin's father was Lutheran, his mother from the Philippine Islands was Roman Catholic.The family attended services on the base each Sunday.
"Church was never an option, but it was never forced on us either, I can never remember a time when I didn't want to go (to church)," said Griffin.
At the early age of 13, when many teens are searching for something to rebel against, Griffin made the decision to serve God in some way.It wasn't until he was 18 that he knew it would be as a preacher.His journey to the Baptist Church, however, was not to begin for several years.
After earning his bachelor's degree at the University of Maine, Griffin prepared to enter the seminary.As a military family the Griffins attended protestant services, leaving Larry without a denomination to call his own.
"My best friend's dad happened to be a Methodist preacher.He was 6'3" and a football player and I guess I admired him in his black robe," admitted Griffin.Not knowing much of anything about the Methodist denomination, but armed with a desire to serve the Lord, he jumped into seminary as a Methodist.He choose the Methodist Theology School in Delaware.
At 23, before beginning his first year, he was asked by his own preacher to pastor a small church in Monticello, Maine.He declined the offer feeling he wasn't ready for the job.However, two months later he was asked again and this time accepted the position.He was now the pastor of Monticello United Methodist Church."I was very scared, we really didn't even speak the same language &emdash; I was a 23-year-old military kid who had traveled extensively, they were 17 retired potato farmers from Maine," said Griffin.
With the universal language of God's word speaking for him, he connected with the small congregation and they asked him not to leave at the end of his seven month stint.Feeling that God wanted him to be properly prepared and schooled, he declined and traveled to Delaware to begin school as planned.
After a short period, a failed marriage forced him to leave the ministry for one year."If you change anything about your past you won't be who you are," said Griffin of the experience.While the Methodist church no longer requires this year of absence, Griffin, believes it's necessary for the sake of the person and the church.Griffing said it's hard to receive healing when you're in a leadership position in a church.
Back in seminary, while playing the lead in the musical, "Tiger in the Moonbeam" written by Richard Baumgartner and Paul Nicely, head of the Andrew's House in Delaware, Griffin met his wife Mary Jane.
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"She played my wife but was only in act one, scene one then she died," laughed Griffin.
Mary Jane was pursuing a career in opera singing and was under contract at the United Methodist Church.They married in December of 1977.
A year later Griffin graduated with his master's of divinity.A year after that he left the Methodist church.
Something was missing, he said, and he embarked on a personal journey of spiritual searching."I had a hunger, a yearning for something more personal," Griffin said, adding that his search was hard to explain.
This gave Mary Jane the opportunity to follow her dream of singing opera.Priorities changed, however, and Mary Jane's own mother became ill and her desire to have children began to outweigh her career goals.
With Larry out of the ministry and working as an insurance salesman and Mary Jane's contract with the Broadstreet United Methodist church expired, they were now, for the first time, free to attend the church of their choice."We talked to our friends and business associates, the ones with a strong faith &emdash; one that spilled out into all aspects of their lives.The majority of these people were Baptist," said Griffin.
They began attending services at First Baptist Church of Columbus.One month later they had fallen in love with the denomination.By the fall of 1984 Larry was pastor of Duncan Falls Baptist church."I knew this is where I belonged," he said.
"Baptists place a greater emphasis on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."
In March of 1986, he was called to preach at First Baptist Church of Sunbury.When talking about his congregation, a certain sense of awe is apparent."God has worked in the lives of the people in this church in tremendous ways.I've seen Him literally provide emotionally and spiritually for people in absolute distress," explained Griffin.He feels it is an honor that those in his church allow him to take such an important role in their lives.And, for whatever reason, God too has afforded him this opportunity.
The Griffins have four children, the oldest, Lilia, is now a senior at Judson College, majoring in elementary education and music.Leslie is a junior at Delaware Christian, Caleb is a seventh grader and Arvin is in second grade.
Arvin joined the family just a few years ago when the Griffins adopted him from the Philippine Islands.
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As a pastor, Griffin feels the need to continually study and grow in his profession."I live daily with the fact that I will fail people and God," he said.He thinks one of his personal weaknesses is that he may appear arrogant to some."I get excited about what I do, but I try to never forget that, like Balaam's donkey, God can use anyone and anything."
Yet another milestone in Griffin's spiritual life is about to be reached.
After 160 years on the corner of Cherry Street, First Baptist held its last service there this past Sunday and will begin the move to Old 3C North."I am extremely excited about the move, yet I know we will experience some grief," said Griffin.Each member was given a fork during the last service to symbolize that, like dessert, something better is coming.
"We looked at our goals for the future and knew that we couldn't fulfill them here (at the old building), Griffin explained."At our best we (the church) are a place where broken people can begin to find wholeness and where whole people can become involved in bringing wholeness to others.At our best we understand something about Jesus Christ."
As for his role in the church, Griffin said he is to be a reminder of God's great love for the congregation and His desire that it should be a light in the darkness.
In keeping with his style and sense of humor, Griffin added, "When I get to heaven I just want to hear God say, in the immortal words of Farmer Hoggett, from the movie "Babe," 'That'll do pig.' Then I'll know I've done my best."
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Minister Was 'Fascinated' By Faith
The Faithful Ones
www.sunburynews.com, 26 Jan 2000 [cached]
John Dotson / Mike Stanziola / Dan Burris / Larry Griffin / Carol Weiss
...
I Love to tell the Story . . . Larry Griffin claims this old Katherine Hankey hymn as his life's theme and he has dedicated his life to telling the story of Jesus.
I'll be done by noon , and that's a promise more or less , said Griffin to his congregation on Sunday morning as he began the message at First Baptist Church of Sunbury.He has been the pastor there for the past 13 1/2 years.
Griffin has a story of his own to tell.
I've always known that my mom was my mom , my father was my father , and that God was my God , said Griffin.A career military man , Griffin's father was Lutheran , his mother from the Philippine Islands was Roman Catholic.The family attended services on the base each Sunday.
Church was never an option , but it was never forced on us either , I can never remember a time when I didn't want to go ( to church ) , said Griffin.
At the early age of 13 , when many teens are searching for something to rebel against , Griffin made the decision to serve God in some way.It wasn't until he was 18 that he knew it would be as a preacher.His journey to the Baptist Church , however , was not to begin for several years.
After earning his bachelor's degree at the University of Maine , Griffin prepared to enter the seminary.As a military family the Griffins attended protestant services , leaving Larry without a denomination to call his own.
My best friend's dad happened to be a Methodist preacher.He was 6'3 and a football player and I guess I admired him in his black robe , admitted Griffin.Not knowing much of anything about the Methodist denomination , but armed with a desire to serve the Lord , he jumped into seminary as a Methodist.He choose the Methodist Theology School in Delaware.
At 23 , before beginning his first year , he was asked by his own preacher to pastor a small church in Monticello , Maine.He declined the offer feeling he wasn't ready for the job.However , two months later he was asked again and this time accepted the position.He was now the pastor of Monticello United Methodist Church.I was very scared , we really didn't even speak the same language &emdash ; I was a 23-year-old military kid who had traveled extensively , they were 17 retired potato farmers from Maine , said Griffin.
With the universal language of God's word speaking for him , he connected with the small congregation and they asked him not to leave at the end of his seven month stint.Feeling that God wanted him to be properly prepared and schooled , he declined and traveled to Delaware to begin school as planned.
After a short period , a failed marriage forced him to leave the ministry for one year.If you change anything about your past you won't be who you are , said Griffin of the experience.While the Methodist church no longer requires this year of absence , Griffin , believes it's necessary for the sake of the person and the church.Griffing said it's hard to receive healing when you're in a leadership position in a church.
Back in seminary , while playing the lead in the musical , Tiger in the Moonbeam written by Richard Baumgartner and Paul Nicely , head of the Andrew's House in Delaware , Griffin met his wife Mary Jane.She played my wife but was only in act one , scene one then she died , laughed Griffin.
Mary Jane was pursuing a career in opera singing and was under contract at the United Methodist Church.They married in December of 1977.
A year later Griffin graduated with his master's of divinity.A year after that he left the Methodist church.
Something was missing , he said , and he embarked on a personal journey of spiritual searching.I had a hunger , a yearning for something more personal , Griffin said , adding that his search was hard to explain.
This gave Mary Jane the opportunity to follow her dream of singing opera.Priorities changed , however , and Mary Jane's own mother became ill and her desire to have children began to outweigh her career goals.
With Larry out of the ministry and working as an insurance salesman and Mary Jane's contract with the Broadstreet United Methodist church expired , they were now , for the first time , free to attend the church of their choice.We talked to our friends and business associates , the ones with a strong faith &emdash ; one that spilled out into all aspects of their lives.The majority of these people were Baptist , said Griffin.
They began attending services at First Baptist Church of Columbus.One month later they had fallen in love with the denomination.By the fall of 1984 Larry was pastor of Duncan Falls Baptist church.I knew this is where I belonged , he said.
Baptists place a greater emphasis on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ..
In March of 1986 , he was called to preach at First Baptist Church of Sunbury.When talking about his congregation , a certain sense of awe is apparent.God has worked in the lives of the people in this church in tremendous ways.I've seen Him literally provide emotionally and spiritually for people in absolute distress , explained Griffin.He feels it is an honor that those in his church allow him to take such an important role in their lives.And , for whatever reason , God too has afforded him this opportunity.
The Griffins have four children , the oldest , Lilia , is now a senior at Judson College , majoring in elementary education and music.Leslie is a junior at Delaware Christian , Caleb is a seventh grader and Arvin is in second grade.
Arvin joined the family just a few years ago when the Griffins adopted him from the Philippine Islands.
...
As a pastor , Griffin feels the need to continually study and grow in his profession.I live daily with the fact that I will fail people and God , he said.He thinks one of his personal weaknesses is that he may appear arrogant to some.I get excited about what I do , but I try to never forget that , like Balaam's donkey , God can use anyone and anything..
Yet another milestone in Griffin's spiritual life is about to be reached.
...
I am extremely excited about the move , yet I know we will experience some grief , said Griffin.Each member was given a fork during the last service to symbolize that , like dessert , something better is coming.
We looked at our goals for the future and knew that we couldn't fulfill them here ( at the old building ) , Griffin explained.At our best we ( the church ) are a place where broken people can begin to find wholeness and where whole people can become involved in bringing wholeness to others.At our best we understand something about Jesus Christ..
As for his role in the church , Griffin said he is to be a reminder of God's great love for the congregation and His desire that it should be a light in the darkness.
In keeping with his style and sense of humor , Griffin added , When I get to heaven I just want to hear God say , in the immortal words of Farmer Hoggett , from the movie Babe , 'That'll do pig.' Then I'll know I've done my best..
Covenant News - Delegates Elect Representatives to Various Boards
www.covchurch.org, 7 Dec 2005 [cached]
Larry G. Griffin, North Park Covenant Church, Chicago, IL. (5 years) Todd Harris, Kensington Road Church, Calgary, AB. (5 years)
Voting
demo.covchurch.org, 14 Oct 2001 [cached]
Larry G. Griffin
BOARD OF CHURCH GROWTH & EVANGELISM
Pastor Larry J. ...
tlc.nornes.net, 12 Nov 2010 [cached]
Pastor Larry J. Griffin
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Pastor Larry J. Griffin
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Pastor Larry J. Griffin
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