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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Larry Paris called to lead Macedonia Baptist Church

  • The Rev. Larry L. Paris, of New Bloomfield, has been called as pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church north of Rolla.
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  • The Rev. Larry L. Paris, of New Bloomfield, has been called as pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church north of Rolla.
    “It is good to be back in this area,” said Paris. “We are glad to be back.”
    Paris and his wife, Sharon, were at First Baptist Church of Newburg from Jan. 1, 1988, through June 31, 2001, so they are not newcomers to this area.
    “My wife and I work as a team,” Paris said. “Her heart’s desire is discipleship and involving all members in missions and ministry.”
    The Parises will minister at Macedonia part-time and will continue to live at New Bloomfield. Sharon Paris works in Jefferson City for the Missouri Baptist Convention as a women’s ministry assistant.
    The pastor, who retired June 30, 2013, will be at Macedonia on Sunday morning and evening, Wednesday evening and “as needed.”
    Paris said his Christian life began in 1973.
    “I was born again of the Spirit of God on Jan. 7, 1973. God immediately placed a burden on my heart to serve, and I began mowing the church’s grass,” he said.
    Although he had a speech impediment as a child and had no plan ever to speak to a crowd, Paris said, “God called me to be a pastor and gave me a pastor’s heart, and His sufficiency has overcome my deficiencies, so I give Him all the glory.”
    Paris has been a youth pastor and pastor at churches in Holden and Kingdom City, as well as Newburg.
    He was educated at Midwestern Theological Seminary, Kansas City.
    He has extensive denominational service and community service, including serving as chairman for the Billy Graham/Ralph Bell Crusade in Rolla several years ago.
    The Parises have four grown children, all married.
    “We also have seven awesome grandchildren,” he said.
    Macedonia Baptist Church is located north of Rolla; to get there, go five miles north on Highway 63 from the interstate, then turn east on the county road at the rock quarry.
    Services are as follows: 10 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship service, 6 p.m. Bible study, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Bible study.
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