Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
First Presbyterian Church is led collaboratively by a team of called leaders who work together to ensure we are doing our best to “cultivate hearts for Jesus from the heart of downtown.” We believe that all ministry (paid and lay ministry) is a calling that comes from God, who empowers each of us to unique service according to our gifts and personalities. By working together, we maximize the potential of these gifts for Kingdom-building effort!
Family Ministries Director
Larry Underwood is stepping in to champion the vision for family ministry here at First Presbyterian. Larry was born in Tampa, but grew up in Orlando and then Western North Carolina. He graduated from Toccoa Falls Bible College in 1996, majoring in music education and minoring in biblical studies. After graduating, he taught at Central Heights Christian School and also began managing a music store in Toccoa, Georgia.
While living in Toccoa, he met his wife, Jennifer. They married in 1999, and in 2001 relocated to Habersham County, Georgia to focus on their growing family. Larry and Jennifer have three children; Levi(19), James(17), and Jessica(16).
Larry’s call to ministry came after they started attending a small church plant (that eventually became one of the larger area churches). From 2001-2011 they served as bi-vocational student and family Pastors in Habersham County. Larry’s secular experience is split between education, information technology, and management. In 2011, they answered the call to full-time ministry in Bradenton, Florida, and have enjoyed their roles in family ministry, as well as Church revitalization.
Larry enjoys reading, running, photography, and vintage Volkswagens. Jennifer loves crafts, home projects, hiking, and spending time with family.
Both Larry and Jennifer have a heart for seeing families experience and understand the Gospel. They are excited to be part of the First Presbyterian Bradenton family and can’t wait to see how God uses this Church to reach the unchurched.
Larry’s personal blog page can be found “HERE”