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Appointment Biography:  Reverend Larry Barbary

September 18, 2018


Re:  Appointment to Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Avon Park


Reverend Larry Barbary has been appointed as Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Avon Park.  He resides with his wife Barb in Avon Park.  Previously, he worked for more than thirty years in marketing and sales positions in high-tech military and law enforcement manufactured products. 


Before retirement and entry into ministry, he achieved the position of Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Sales.  His business experience includes extensive work in foreign countries, where he served as Director of International Operations; and successfully started two new offshore divisions in Hong Kong and in Scotland.  As a disabled combat veteran, his military experience was in Naval Aviation, serving with Attack Squadron 164 (the Ghostriders); completing three tours of duty in Vietnam for a total of 27 months.


As a child, he grew up in the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, and St. Paul Theological Seminary.  He has previously served at churches in Kansas and Nebraska.  Additionally, he served as a new church planter initiating a new church start in Manhattan, Kansas.  He is a retired member of the Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.