Pastor Larry Hobbes
Pastor of Senior Citizens
I can really relate to the ancient prophet of Israel when he described me as a straying sheep: “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.” My outlook was, “I want to do my own thing. I want to do it my way.” The trouble with that is, “There is a way which seems right to a man but the ends of it are the ways of death,” (Proverbs 14).
So I thank God that He sent Jesus Christ to pay the death penalty for my sin as my substitute. “The Lord has laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all.” Jesus took my guilt and shame, my sin and penalty to the cross and died there as my substitute to make the way of eternal life for me. In the glorious power of His resurrection from the dead He makes all things new for those who receive His Word by trusting in Christ.
Pastor Hobbes began his study for the gospel ministry in his native state of Pennsylvania, finishing with a Master of Divinity. He pastored First Baptist Church in Castle Creek, NY for 17 years.
After serving on a church staff in northwest Indiana, Pastor Hobbes took on the role of planting a church in Lafayette, IN, which was under the direction of Grace Church of Mentor.
Pastor Hobbes ministers to our Maturity Matters group (60s plus) and is involved in church outreach. He is also a part of our Arch Ministries team. Larry and his wife, Meg, are currently planting Maple Hills Church in Geauga County.
Larry and Meg also have a burden to encourage people who have gone through times of loss. In recent years, Meg lost her first husband to a heart attack and Larry lost his first wife to cancer. They have experienced the struggles with loneliness, loss, readjustments to being alone, which can be so difficult.
God's grace is sufficient to every need that we face. If we can be an encouragement to help people face difficult times by seeking the grace of God, we are here to help.