Larry Kreider serves as International Director of DOVE International, a network of churches scattered throughout the world. DOVE has successfully used the New Testament “house to house” strategy of building the church with small groups for three decades.
As founder of DOVE International, Larry initially served for 15 years as senior pastor of DOVE Christian Fellowship in Pennsylvania, which grew from a single cell group to over 2,300 in 10 years. Today, DOVE believers are found meeting in 300 congregations and thousands of small groups in six continents of the world.
Larry got his start in ministry in 1971, helping to found a youth ministry that targeted the unchurched youth in his community of northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Dozens came to faith in Christ and soon Larry found himself teaching a large group of young people each week at a gathering called Rhema Youth Ministries. DOVE grew out of the ensuing need for a flexible New Testament-style church (new wineskin) that could assist these new believers (new wine). In small home groups, the new believers found a place to experience and demonstrate Christianity built on relationships. They could readily share their lives with each other, grow up spiritually, and reach out with the healing love of Jesus to the world.
Larry continues to pursue this vision to build the church with an underground (small group) focus in the nations of the world. It is his heart’s cry to see believers worldwide reach out from house to house, city to city and nation to nation, as they empower and train others to do the same. He emphasizes the need for believers to become spiritual fathers and mothers to train the next generation. He is blessed to serve alongside an amazing team of leaders representing many nations of the world. He is a featured speaker at conferences throughout the United States and internationally and travels extensively to train Christian leaders worldwide.
An author, Larry has written more than 30 books, including the Biblical Foundation Series in both English and Spanish, Starting a House Church, Speak Lord! I’m Listening, House to House, The Biblical Role of Elders for Today’s Church, Building Your Personal House of Prayer, Growing the Fruit of the Spirit and What Every Small Group Leader Should Know. His newest book is The Cry For Spiritual Mothers and Fathers; The Next Generation Needs You to Be a Spiritual Mentor. Over 400,000 of his books have been sold and translated into over ten languages.
Larry also writes articles for Christian periodicals, including Ministries Today, Morning Star Journal, Charisma Magazine and others.
LaVerne Kreider started out in ministry as a teenager reaching out to street kids in a parachurch ministry. A compassionate “people person,” she has the special ability to connect with people’s hearts as she challenges them to grow up spiritually. As an inspirational speaker and encourager, her strength is challenging the church to walk in both intimacy with the Lord and in the fear of the Lord and ministering the compassion of Christ. Along with her teaching ministry, she also spends much of her time ministering to pastors’ wives.
Larry earned his Masters of Ministry with a concentration on leadership from Southwestern Christian University. Larry and his wife, LaVerne, have been married 43 years and live in Lititz, Pennsylvania. They love to sit by the ocean and read a good book, take walks, and spend time with their four amazing children and son-in-law and the three best grandkids in the world.
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