The Rev. Dr. Larry G. Mininger has faithfully ministered to the congregation of Lake Sherwood Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) for over forty years. He preaches, teaches, leads worship, works with the Session to set the direction of the congregation, visits, counsels, and shepherds the congregation, praying for the sheep and the church of Christ around the world. “It is a great privilege to love and serve succeeding generations of the same family units, maturing in the faith together. My passion, my calling is to preach the Word of God in its theological richness, yet in a way that is accessible to all who hear, with Christ being the center of each sermon. This is how God changes lives.”
II Corinthians 3:18—“ And we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
While at Lake Sherwood, Pastor Mininger has mentored numerous seminary students, interns, and assistant pastors who are now pastoring in the OPC, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and other denominations. Others minister in seminaries, in mission fields, through radio broadcasts, and through publications. During his ministry, Lake Sherwood Church has helped establish several mission churches including a daughter church in Oviedo.
The Presbytery of the South of the OPC elected him to its Home Missions and Visitation Committees. For many years he served on its Candidates and Credentials Committee and chaired the Youth Committee. He was elected Moderator for several terms. In collaboration with the PCA, Pastor Mininger provided thirty years of leadership for Southland Student Conference, primarily as Director of the Middle School Camp.
At the denominational level, he was elected Moderator of the Sixty-sixth General Assembly. Twice he represented the OPC as Fraternal Delegate to the PCA General Assembly. He served on the OPC Christian Education Committee and continues to serve on the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension.
For several years Pastor Mininger taught preaching courses at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, as Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology. He was elected to the Boards of Trustees of Westminster Theological Seminary, Covenant College, and West Orlando Christian School, the latter as its president. For twenty years of his pastorate he also preached the Word of God monthly to the homeless and transients of the community at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission.
Pastor Mininger has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, the Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and the Bachelor of Arts from Bob Jones University.
Pastor Mininger and his wife Gail have raised all five of their children while at Lake Sherwood. As young adults the children now serve the Lord in five different states. The Miningers have been blessed with thirteen grandchildren. Pastor Mininger enjoys watching golf and football; dating Gail; and buying donuts for the grandkids!
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