Dr. Larry J. Karsies, Senior Pastor
Pastor Larry Karsies was born and reared in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Following graduation from a public high school, he attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he pursued a double major in Bible and Sacred Music. Pastor Karsies graduated from BJU in 1967, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. While in college, Pastor Karsies met Bonnie Johnson from Kansas City, Missouri. They were married after their graduation, and, following their honeymoon, immediately began serving the Lord in Christian ministry.
The Lord has given Pastor and Mrs. Karsies two children. Their son, Todd, is a medical doctor, presently serving on the staff of the Pediatrics Department in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife, Shannon, have two sons—making Pastor and Mrs. Karsies “grandpa” and “grandma.” Pastor and Mrs. Karsies’ daughter, Darla, teaches 3rd and 4th grade in Harvest Hills Christian School.
The Lord has given Pastor Karsies the privilege of serving Him in the following ministries:
- Youth and Music Pastor — Bible Baptist Church, Wakarusa, Indiana (1967-1969)
- Pastor — Faith Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida (1969-1972)
- Youth Pastor – Hillsdale Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida (1972-1985)
- Youth Pastor – Tri-City Baptist Church, Kansas City, Missouri (1985-1989)
- Pastor – Harvest Hills Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1989-present)
Pastor Karsies has surrendered himself to faithfully serve Christ with all of his being. His main passion and responsibility is studying and preaching the Word of God, and shepherding the flock God has entrusted to his care—as the pastor. He also enjoys serving in other areas of the church ministry, especially the music ministry.
Pastor Karsies’ purpose for life and Christian service is best summed up in his “life verses” (II Corinthians 5:14-15): “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead; and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”