Pastor Lawerence La-Follette
BRIEF MEMOIR OF PASTOR LAWRENCE LA-FOLLETTE
Born in Adrian, Michigan, 1946, at the old Bixby Hospital, which was then located near the site of our present post office.
I was privileged to have loving and caring parents, Clarence and Dorothy La-Follette. My father was a garage mechanic; my mother was a stay-at-home mom who provided the care and training that I and my siblings needed.
My mother was a great cook, and I and my family enjoyed many meals of wild game that I harvested while hunting.
Hunting, strength training, and the care of my horse were the activities that I much enjoyed as a young person in high school.
I was graduated from high school in 1964.
The summer, following my graduation, my father passed away with a heart attack. Soon after, I went to work for an older brother who owned a construction business. There I learned much about hard work as a hod carrier, ditch digger, and cement finisher.
Two years passed, and my mother remarried. At that time I felt free to pursue the calling that I sensed upon my life. I enrolled at Midwestern Baptist College in 1966, and began preparing for full-time ministry.
Between my junior and senior years at college, I met and married Kathleen Papenfus, who was also a student at M.B. C. We have been married for 45 years, and are the parents of 4 precious children, three daughters and one son. Our son is presently a seminary student at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. Two of our daughters and their families live in Denver, CO, with our oldest residing in the Battlecreek, MI area.
I was graduated from M.B.C. in 1970, with my bachelor’s degree. Several years passed, and I returned for further training as a postgraduate student at Pensacola College, in Pensacola, FL. There I earned my master’s degree and was graduated in 1980.
With several pastoral ministries behind us in Keene, NH, Clinton, MA, and MI, we came to Grace Bible Church in Tecumseh, MI, in November of 2004. There we have been privileged to minister to the needs of a loving and caring church family.
We look forward to the future, thanking God for His grace and mercy which has brought us this far and which, hopefully, will keep us till He calls us to our home in heaven.