Pastor Larry Danforth joins Sabetha’s First United Methodist Church
“My favorite thing [as a pastor] is watching lives transformed in our Lord Jesus. It is an amazing thing to witness.” –Pastor Larry Danforth
For seven years, Larry Danforth pursued a professional career in criminal justice in Texas. However, during that time, Larry felt God had other plans, and he listened.
“I served for seven years with the Denton County Sheriff’s Department and the Tioga Police Department, both in Texas,” Larry said. “While working in the jail at Denton County, I read the Bible and found myself sharing and having discussions of faith with my fellow officers. I realized that God may be calling me to police/fire chaplaincy. I decided to attend seminary, but prayed to God saying, ‘God, if you don’t want me to do this, stop me.’”
This was just the beginning of Larry following and serving God by spreading His word in various communities. Larry became ordained as an Elder in The United Methodist Church on May 25, 2011.
Since 2007, Larry has had the “honor and privilege” of serving the Oak Haven United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas, as well as in western Kansas at Almena, Norcatur, Clayton, Cimarron, Kalvesta, WaKeeney, Prairie Home, Norton and most recently, Scott City.
While in Scott City, Rev. Reuben Saenz Jr., Bishop of the Great Plains Annual Conference United Methodist Church, appointed him to the First United Methodist Church in Sabetha on Feb. 13, 2022. His appointment officially began Friday, July 1.
Larry and his family have already moved to Sabetha and are getting settled in.
“We are still going through boxes, but we are getting settled and enjoying the community,” Larry said. “I am looking forward to making disciples of our Lord Jesus and making the truth of his gospel known to our community both in word and deed. My favorite thing [about being a Pastor] is watching lives transformed in our Lord Jesus. It is an amazing thing to witness.”
Larry and his wife, Cathy, have been married for nine years. Larry loves spending time with his family. He also loves to read books and watch movies, especially about anything relating to Star Wars. Cathy is a registered nurse who also has served as a missionary in UAE and India. As a Pastor’s wife, Larry said Cathy has what he believes to be the most important job.
“Cathy has what I believe is one of the most important jobs in the church,” Larry said. “She is the first one who looks after the pastor. She is also a lay preacher who has filled pulpits when pastors are absent, including mine.”
Larry and Cathy have two children, Wesley, 7 years old, and Lilly, six years old. Wesley loves dinosaurs, Pokémon and Minecraft. Lilly is currently in love with anything to do with the movie Frozen and the TV show Bluey. Both Wesley and Lilly have served as acolytes during worship services.
The family also has a dachshund named Toby. The family also is blessed to have Cathy’s parents — Ron and Judy Coots — living in Sabetha. They reside at the Apostolic Christian Home.
Larry was born in Rockledge, Fla., near Patrick Air Force Base. His dad served in the air force for 20 years. Therefore, Larry grew up in the air force at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Altus AFB, Okla.; RAF Fairford, United Kingdom; and McGuire AFB, N.J.
When his dad retired from the Air Force, his family moved to Texas. However, most of his family comes from Alabama, where he officially “calls home.”
In 1998, Larry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas at Denton, Texas. In 2008, he graduated with a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School, which is affiliated with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.