Deacons are responsible for ministering to the practical needs within the Church. This includes meeting both the needs of members of the church body as well as overseeing the physical maintenance of the buildings and property.
Larry was born and raised in San Jose, CA which is where he and his wife Patricia met in 1997. Growing up, he spent many summers visiting and camping in the Stanislaus Forest. In December 2005, he decided to move their family up to the area to make a fresh start. After many years of struggling in his life, in his marriage and in leading his family and trying to make things work without Jesus, he realized that what he needed to do was put Jesus first and foremost. After he asked the Lord into his life, things started to fall into place and progressively got better. His decision to make this change has benefited the entire family including all 5 of their children, their daughter-in-law, and their 4 grandchildren. He and his family became active members of Twain Harte Bible Church, where he was also baptized and was able to participate in the baptism of both his wife and his youngest daughter. Their daughter-in-law also accepted the Lord at Twain Harte Bible. Things in their life together have changed so much since they first started attending Twain Harte Bible, that both Larry and his wife, Patricia, now live and work for Jenness Park Christian Camp, and both he his wife and daughter all actively work and participate in the church. Larry has worked in construction, automotive, and a multitude of other areas where he has used his skills, and is currently working in maintenance at the camp. He decided to join the team of Deacons in order to use his God-given skills to help the church because he felt that God was calling him. He enjoys camping, hiking/backpacking, hanging out and enjoying food with family, and, because of his servant’s heart, he really enjoys helping others. Some of his favorite verses are Ephesians 5:20, 1 Peter 3:7, Ephesians 4:2, James 5:16, Psalm 5:8, Hebrews 10:25, and Psalm 118:14-17
Merritt grew up in Oakdale, California, having moved to this area in 1962. He retired from the Forest Service in 1995. He is now co-owner of Sonora Cyclery in East Sonora. Merritt has three daughters and six grandchildren. He accepted Christ in 1980 and later served as a Deacon in a church in Oakdale. He wanted to find a church closer to home, that is when he found Twain Harte Bible Church in 2008. He was asked to join the Deacon Board in 2016. He desires to help the church in anyway he can. He tries to follow, as a guide for Christian living, Ephesians 5:1-21 and Galatians 5:16-26.
I grew up in Pleasanton, Ca and moved to Sonora for school at Columbia College. I met my wife there and have since married and have two kids. I love the mountains and the rivers this area has which is why we call it home. THBC has become a place to raise my family and I want to help meet the needs of the church and help it grow.
Paul was born in Oakland, California and moved to this area in 1997 to work, live, and play.
Paul and his wife began attending Twain Harte Bible Church in 2011. Pastor Matt baptized him in 2013.
Paul is grateful to serve as deacon in any way he can.
Larry lived and worked in Stockton, California for much of his life. He would always head to the mountains in his spare time. Recently retired, he now lives here full-time, having been blessed with a “Hill House”. He loves waking up to God’s beauty every day.
Twain Harte Bible Church has been part of Larry’s life for many years. He came to know our Lord, was baptized and accepted Jesus as his Savior here. He continues to learn God’s Word and serve Him wherever he feels directed.
Bill was born in Pennsylvania and raised all over the USA and Europe, being the son of a career soldier in the US Army. Upon graduation from high school, Bill enlisted in the US Army and served three years. After completing his military service, he attended Humboldt State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and Biology. A week after graduation he and Carla were married. He spent the first 10 years of their married life working for the National Park Service as a Park Ranger. Assignments for the Park Service included duty in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Lake Meade National Recreation Area and Pinnacles National Monument. In 1980, Bill transferred to the US Bureau of Reclamation and spent 18 years as the Chief Ranger / Assistant Manager of New Melones Lake. Bill and Carla have two adult children, son Matt and daughter Kelly and six grandchildren. Bill accepted Christ as his personal Savior more than 22 years ago. It is his desire to serve Twain Harte Bible as a Deacon in any capacity for which he has the appropriate skills.