Laurence M. Blanchard, Ph.D.

Laurence M. Blanchard, Ph.D.

Pastor Larry was born in 1961 in Boston, Mass. He has lived in the local area since 1971 and is dedicated to reaching southern California for the cause of Christ. Pastor Larry’s ministry is characterized by the sound, systematic exposition of Scripture as well as a heart to share the riches of our Lord Jesus Christ with others. As one who needed to have his own questions answered, Pastor Larry is devoted to helping others to find their way in a world full of false philosophies, false claims, and false beliefs. He is passionate about apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith) and is committed to offering a powerful defense of the Bible and Christianity to those who are open to discussion. Pastor Larry's education underscores his commitment to excellence and to the serious study of God's Word. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. In March of 2007 he earned a Ph.D. degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. His mentor in his Ph.D. program was Dr. Colin Brown. His Ph.D. dissertation was honored by being selected for publication in 2015 by Paternoster Press in their Theological Monographs series under the title, Will All Be Saved? An Assessment of Universalism in Western Theology. Pastor Larry resides in the city of La Verne, CA with his wife Melody. They have been happily married since 1982. Pastor Larry and Melody have two adult children - Justin and Bethany. They have adopted their granddaughter Lily Belle and are raising her. They have been blessed with another precious grandchild named Hudson.