November 11- Larry Graack was ordained at the Paradise Church.
Graack grew up on a Kentucky farm before moving to Southern California. According to his father, “God was already working in his life during these years, and Larry, on his own accord, told his coaches he would not participate in sporting events held on Sabbath, a foreshadowing of his choice of God and career.”
Through a circuitous route after college, Graack worked at the Placerville Church and was later hired as an intern at the Palo Cedro Church. He then studied for his Master of Divinity at Andrews University with concentrations in Chaplaincy and Marriage and Family Life Counseling.
He accepted a call to join the Paradise Church as the youth and young adult pastor. That community, still reeling from a lost church and a town in ruin, was just the place to practice his chaplaincy training.
Graack recently pivoted his pastoral career and became the religion teacher and campus chaplain at Paradise Adventist Academy. He shares his life with Bridgette, his wife of three years. She works for Adventist Health in the Talent Acquisition department.
Eddie Heinrich, ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═° Youth Director, stated, “It is evident that God is working in and through Larry. God has given him many talents to use in His service.”
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