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Pastor Larry Danforth joins Sabetha First United Methodist Church


my favorite thing [as a pastor] look at lives transformed in our Lord Jesus. It’s an incredible thing to see. –Pastor Larry Danforth

For seven years, Larry Danforth pursued a professional career in criminal justice in Texas. However, during this time, Larry sensed that God had other plans, and he listened.

“I served for seven years with the Denton County Sheriff’s Department and the Tioga Police Department, both in Texas,” Larry said. “When I was working in the Denton County Jail, I read the Bible and found myself sharing and having discussions about faith with my fellow officers. I realized that maybe God was calling me police/fire chaplaincy. I decided to go to seminary, but I prayed to God saying, ‘God, if you don’t want me to do this, stop me.’

This was just the beginning of Larry following and serving God by spreading his word in various communities. Larry was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church on May 25, 2011.

Since 2007, Larry has had the “honor and privilege” of serving Oak Haven United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas, as well as in Western Kansas in Almena, Norcatur, Clayton, Cimarron, Kalvesta, WaKeeney, Prairie Home, Norton and most recently, Scott City.

While in Scott City, the Rev. Reuben Saenz Jr., Bishop of the United Methodist Church of the Great Plains Annual Conference, appointed him to Sabetha First United Methodist Church on February 13, 2022. His appointment officially started on Friday July 1st.

Larry and his family have already moved to Sabetha and are settling there.

Pastor Larry Danforth is joined by his wife, Cathy, and children, Wesley and Lilly, on Easter 2022.

“We’re still going through boxes, but we’re settling in and enjoying the community,” Larry said. “I look forward to making disciples of our Lord Jesus and sharing the truth of his gospel with our community, both in word and deed. my favorite thing [about being a Pastor] look at lives transformed in our Lord Jesus. It’s an amazing thing to see. »

Larry and his wife, Cathy, have been married for nine years. Larry enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys reading books and watching movies, especially anything Star Wars related. Cathy is a registered nurse who has also served as a missionary in the United Arab Emirates and India. As the wife of a pastor, Larry said Cathy had what he believed to be the most important job.

“Cathy has what I believe is one of the most important jobs in the church,” Larry said. “She is the first one who takes care of the pastor. She is also a lay preacher who has held pulpits when pastors are away, including my own.

Larry and Cathy have two children, Wesley, 7, and Lilly, 6. Wesley loves dinosaurs, Pokemon and Minecraft. Lilly is currently in love with everything related to the movie Frozen and the TV show Bluey. Wesley and Lilly both served as sidekicks during worship services.

The family also has a dachshund named Toby. The family is also fortunate to have Cathy’s parents – Ron and Judy Coots – living in Sabetha. They reside at the Christian Apostolic House.

About Larry

Larry was born in Rockledge, Florida near Patrick Air Force Base. Her father served in the Air Force for 20 years. Consequently, Larry grew up in the Air Force at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Altus AFB, Okla. ; RAF Fairford, UK; and McGuire AFB, NJ

When her father retired from the Air Force, her family moved to Texas. However, most of his family is from Alabama, where he “officially calls home.”

In 1998, Larry earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In 2008, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, which is affiliated with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.