Longtime pastor Larry Gore retires after 42 years in ministry

After serving the Lord faithfully for 42 years in ministry Larry Gore is set to retire March 31. He has served as associate pastor of administration and counseling for Santuck Baptist Church, Wetumpka, for almost 20 years.

“Each week he pours over the Word of God, seeking the heart of God to invest in the adult Sunday School teachers at Santuck Baptist,” church leaders said in a news release announcing his retirement. “His love for the Word is evident in the great care he takes in preparation and exposition of the Scriptures.

“Our teachers and church members have been blessed to study alongside him,” they wrote.

The members of Santuck Baptist can look forward to continuing the journey of growing as Christ-followers alongside him. While Gore is retiring from full-time ministry, he plans to remain in Christian service as Santuck Baptist’s part-time financial administrator and will continue to teach the church’s Sunday School teachers.

During the course of his ministry, Gore also has served Central Bible Church, St. Petersburg, Florida; Sylvania Baptist Church; and Providence Baptist Church, Crocket Mills, Tennessee.

He also was on staff at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham from 1995 to 1999.

Gore holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and master’s degrees from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, Tennessee, and Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Gore and his wife, Charleen, have two sons and four grandchildren. B.R. Johnson is pastor.