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Ron Larson- Lead Teaching Pastor

I am a Church Planter of “The Crossing Church”, a multiplying disciple-making network of churches located in the strategic DC-Baltimore corridor of the Mid-Atlantic. I grew up in Orlando, Florida, loving this growing city, the endless sunshine, Saturday surfing and meeting new people. I never dreamed that I would ever go on to become a pastor for 38 years and help plant 9 churches, but God knew and that was all that mattered. My first plant located in a small town of 1200 residents without even one stoplight grew to nearly 1300 attendees while helping to plant 7 churches during that season of my ministry. I have served as President of the WV State Convention and served as a member of the SBC Executive Committee as well as many other SBC organizations. My heart beats strong for planting churches wherever, whenever with whoever is willing. I am a man with one mission-to take a lot of people to heaven with me. Planting new churches across the Mid-Atlantic, especially the DC-Baltimore corridor is now my consuming passion.

My wife and I have three grown children and four granddaughters and two grandsons. I have since gone back to being a kid again. But my wife still will not let me get a Harley.

Real boats, rock!
— Ron Larson