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Appointment Biography:  Reverend Larry Barbary
September 18, 2018

Appointment Biography: Reverend Larry Barbary September 9, 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 Ghostrider's);  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.

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