Faithfully serving in the full time ministry for over 30 years, Pastor Larson and Mrs. Patti have served the community and people of Moore Baptist Temple with a giving heart. Pastor Larson was saved as a child in October of 1980 and later felt the calling of God to preach in 1981. Mrs. Larson was saved in January of 1973. They met while attending bible college at Oklahoma Baptist College and were married in 1989.
Before coming to Moore Baptist Temple, Pastor Larson started and pastored the Good News Baptist Church in Mount Hood, Oregon, pastored the Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado and was the pastor and school administrator of Faith Baptist Church of Kilgore, Texas.
Pastor Larson has served in a multitude of different aspects of ministry, including a teacher for adults and senior saints Sunday school classes, actively playing the organ for services, served in the deaf ministry, providing family, marital and personal counseling and as an Administrator for the Mid-Moore Christian Homeschool Association. Most importantly, he preaches God’s Word with a fervent heart and a has a passion to see souls come to know Christ.
Mrs. Larson has served alongside her husband in many ministries. She is active in the music ministry, organizing and leading Ladies’ Meetings, special banquets and conferences. Mrs. Larson shares the same passion for lost souls as her husband and helps run a van for our van ministry. She has been the cheer coach for the cheerleaders involved with the Mid-Moore Christian Homeschool Association for five years and enjoys being around the cheerleaders.
Together, Pastor and Mrs. Larson have seven children that are all serving in various aspects of ministry. Their daughter Lindsay and her husband Ben are active missionaries to the country of Uganda. Katie and her husband Sam faithfully serve in their local church, Heritage Baptist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Their son Taylor and his wife Sierra also faithfully serve at Heritage Baptist Church. Autumn is a schoolteacher in Nolanville, Texas and serves in any capacity that she can. Titus and Lauren currently attend bible college at Hyles Anderson College, while their youngest, Matthew is serving alongside his parents at Moore Baptist Temple.
Benjamin grew up in a loving, Godly home, led by his parents, Suzanne and Tommy Craighead. Under their leadership and guidance, Benjamin accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in the fourth grade, but gained assurance of that salvation on June 10, 2009, while attending summer camp. After graduating high school in 2014, Benjamin went on to pursue a one-year Bible Certificate at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2015, after receiving his Bible Certificate, Benjamin felt led of the Lord to continue his education in Secondary Educational Studies at Heritage Baptist College, under the leadership of Dr. Scott Hanks, in Lawrence, Kansas. Upon graduating in 2019, Benjamin moved back to Moore, Oklahoma, where the Lord moved and directed him to become the Assistant Pastor at Moore Baptist Temple. There he serves under the Senior Pastor, Pastor Sven Larson, is actively involved in the music ministry, directing Junior Church and the bus Ministry, leading and organizing special campaigns and Vacation Bible School and offering a helping hand when needed.
Tommy and Suzanne Craighead joined Moore Baptist Temple in 2014 and have been active ever since. While Mrs. Suzanne serves as the nursery coordinator, she also lends a helping hand in anything she can. Bro. Tommy serves as the Church Treasurer and together, they teach in Junior Church and are active in the music ministry. The Craigheads have faithfully been in ministry for over 30 years and serve together at Moore Baptist Temple with their 4 adult children, Carl, his wife Jessica, Benjamin, Melissa and Joshua.
Nathaniel and Sandra Means were led of the Lord to join Moore Baptist Temple in 2014. Upon joining, they began serving in different ministries. While Nathaniel is the song leader for our services, he also helps with special work projects around the church. Alongside Nathaniel, Sandra joins him in leading our teens in the youth department. Together, they faithfully attend Moore Baptist Temple with their daughter.
Carl joined Moore Baptist Temple in the summer of 2014 and Jessica joined later the next year, in 2015. They were married in 2016 and have been serving in Moore Baptist Temple ever since. For years, Carl and Jessica led the Junior Church Department before the Lord directed to move them to the sound ministry. In 2020, the Lord opened up the opportunity for them to run our sound ministry fulltime and our social media, including our podcast, Facebook, Youtube and livestreaming. Both actively serve in the music ministry and teach during Vacation Bible School. Jessica also serves in the nursery, helps with Ladies’ Meetings and is responsible for our church bulletin. Carl and Jessica are willing to help wherever they are needed and faithfully attend.
Mrs. Mary Higgins joined Moore Baptist Temple in 1998 and immediately began serving that summer, by teaching Sunday School. She has continued to teach for many years and is currently teaching the Sunday School class for the 3 year old’s through Kindergarteners. Along with teaching Sunday School, Mrs. Mary helps out in the nursery, singing specials, helps with Vacation Bible School and offers a helping hand where needed. Mrs. Mary faithfully attends Moore Baptist Temple with her 3 children.
In May of 2019, the Lord moved Jerry & Robin Gonzales to Moore Baptist Temple. After joining, they immediately became involved in many areas of ministry. Bro. Jerry Gonzales, Command Sergeant Major in the US Army, has served as an Army Reservist for 34 years, 15 of which were active duty. Alongside Bro. Jerry, Mrs. Robin has served in many ministries. Before the Lord moved them to Moore Baptist Temple, the Gonzales’ were involved in the music ministry, teaching teenagers, various Ladies’ ministries and so much more. Upon joining Moore Baptist Temple, Bro. Jerry and Mrs. Robin serve in Junior Church together and teach the 1st through 3rd graders in Sunday School. Mrs. Robin also helps out in the music ministry by playing the piano for Sunday School and singing in various specials and groups. The Gonzales’ faithfully attend Moore Baptist Temple with their children, Alysse and Al, while their daughter Andrea faithfully serves in her church.
Approximately 15 years ago, the Lord directed the Hersberger family to Moore Baptist Temple. They have served faithfully throughout the years in many areas. Bro. Ben serves as an usher and helps with maintenance needs around the church. Mrs. Ashley has faithfully served as the Sunday School Teacher for the 4th through 6th grade class for the past 8 years. Along with teaching Sunday School, Mrs. Ashley helps out in the nursery, singing specials and helping with special meetings/banquets. They faithfully attend Moore Baptist Temple with their 4 children.
Brett and Jordan Bellomy were married in 2017 and served together at the First Bible Baptist Church in Great Bend, Kansas from 2017 to 2018. There they were involved in many aspects of ministry. In late 2018, the Lord moved the Bellomys back to Oklahoma and they joined Moore Baptist Temple in early 2019. Brett and Jordan have a heart to serve in the ministry and began teaching in Junior Church, shortly after they joined. Along with teaching in Junior Church, they are involved in the music ministry by singing specials, Brett leads singing for congregationals and Jordan accompanies by playing her trumpet. Together, the Bellomys also teach the Patch Club on Wednesday Nights and lead a van route.