Larkin Avenue Baptist Church
Monday, August 08, 2022

About the Pastor

On February 1, 1997, Pastor Richard Sanders began his ministry at the Larkin Avenue Baptist Church. Previous pastorates were in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Missouri. He has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Belmont University in Nashville, and a Master's Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He was ordained in 1979.
He brought his wife, Debbie, along with three sons, Jon, Josh, and Joe to Elgin. Debbie currently works as a Preschool substitute teacher. Their oldest son, Jon, is married to Maude and is a Seabee with the United States Navy. Their middle son, Josh, lives in the Chicago area with his daughter, Natalie. He recently was honorably discharged from the United States and will graduate with a Masters' degree. Their youngest son, Joe, is a member of the United States Army, currently serving as a small arms repairer.
Pastor Sanders is a bivocational pastor, meaning that his primary means of supporting himself and his family comes from other than the church.
He is enjoying his ministry now more than ever. He is pastoring a congregation of approximately thirty members who function as one united body, something that is very rare. He is seeing God do things in his pastorate that cannot be explained apart from God, which has been his prayer for years. He enjoys teaching and preaching, and tends to get a little too involved in details. He loves meeting new people.
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