M.A.A. Pastoral Theology & Apologetics
Online Academy Director and Instructor
Larry became a Believer at the age of 9 and later committed his life to full-time pastoral and educational ministry. He studied Pastoral Theology at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in Southern California where he received his B.A. in 1982. He pastored for 15+ years as an Associate Pastor/Student Ministries (Youth Pastor). During that time, he spoke at numerous youth rallies, camps, and other junior high and high school events including teaching seminars for youth pastors with Word of Life Clubs and other student ministry organizations. After many years of witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other people deceived by false teaching and various other aberrant groups, Larry developed a counter-cult ministry reaching many Jehovah’s Witnesses for Christ. This led him to seek out further education in the area of Christian apologetics.
Larry earned his M.A.A. (Master of Arts in Apologetics) from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He was ordained in 2002. From 2003-2007 he, along with a ministry team, assisted the president of the Seminary in starting Southern Evangelical Church, also located in Charlotte, and ministered as the Assistant Pastor of Christian Education.
Larry has been a regular guest speaker at the National Christian Apologetics Conference and the Spiritual Counterfeits Conference. He was an instructor of World Religions and New Religious Movements, and Church History at Southern Evangelical Bible College. As the Founder/Director of the Lay Institute for Biblical Studies, he taught various topics including cults, apologetics, theology, OT/NT, and social disciplines. He was one of the original editors of the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.
He teaches seminars on a variety of topics at various venues. Larry was a regular guest on the weekly radio program The Voice of Truth. He has also been a guest on the local public access television show, Giving An Answer. Larry also taught numerous classes in apologetics and World Religions at a local prison.
Larry started “Apologia Academy” (now “Apologia Live Online Classes”) in the Fall of 2009 with 2 teachers. We now have 15 incredible teachers! In his ‘spare’ time, Larry enjoys competitive Pickleball and is sponsored by HEAD sports. He is a certified Pro with Professional Pickleball Registry. Larry also loves Disney World (sometimes!), plays the Celtic Whistle (penny whistle), trombone, guitar, and harmonica. He has three grandchildren, Elijah, Aedan, & Reagan Gordon. Larry loves digging and collecting fossils from the Noahic Flood. He has a large collection of marine, plant, and insect fossils he has dug from the mountain tops around the U.S.A. Larry also performs illusions & ‘magic’ as “Mago Lorenzo.” He and his wife Jane live in Matthews, NC.