the journey

Pastoral leadershp

  • larry finger

    SENIOR PASTOR


    Pastor Larry has served as Senior Pastor to our church since 1996.  He and his wife Lydia are parents to Kelly, Sara, and Davis and are quite delighted to stay busy with their six grandchildren.  Larry claims Psalm 23:1 and Philippians 3:10 for his life verses.



    larry@fbclavonia.org

  • chris chitwood

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR


    Chris serves as one of our teaching pastors, providing strategic leadership and direction for our church.  Before joining our staff, he served as a pilot in the USAF.  He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  He's married to his high school sweetheart Leslie, and they have two children, Jonah and Kailey.

    chris@fbclavonia.org

  • doug garvin

    YOUTH AND WORSHIP ARTS PASTOR


    Doug joined the staff in 2016 bringing much experience and initiative to our church from his previous role as a church planter.  He gives leadership and direction to our student ministry team as well as the overall worship ministry of the church.  Doug is married to Shelly, and they have 3 children, Ryan, Ashleigh, and Chandler.


    doug@fbclavonia.org

  • dick patton

    MINISTRY CARE DIRECTOR


    Our church is blessed to have Dick and Kathryn in our church family.  Dick retired from full-time pastoral ministry over a decade ago and moved to Lavonia to be near his children and grandchildren.  Dick serves part-time in our church and provides leadership to our Celebrate Recovery ministry, senior adults, and ministry care.