Larry Kayser was raised in a Catholic home and attended Catholic school for 12 years. He knew about Jesus—and believed that He died and rose again—but his faith was still heavily rooted in justice. The gospel of grace simply seemed unimaginable. In college, Larry met his wife Anne. After 18 months of dating, and countless conversations and fights about faith, Anne decided to end the relationship. After storming out of her apartment, the Lord pulled hard on Larry’s heart before he could get to his car. Returning to Anne’s apartment, Larry told her he knew that the gospel of grace and forgiveness was true, and received Christ that day.
Larry graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BS in Photojournalism. He worked as a photojournalist for 10 years before experiencing a strong calling into ministry. This led Larry and his young family on a four and half year journey of full-time work and part-time seminary training. Larry graduated in 1988 with a M.Div. from Grace Seminary in Indiana.
Following seminary, Larry joined Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, leading a ministry for engaged and young married couples, while also helping the church develop a quarterly magazine. In 1993, Larry left staff at Willow Creek to plant a church in Holland, MI. Larry served as lead pastor there before joining Fellowship in 2006.
Now the Marriage Pastor here at Fellowship, Larry’s role here has allowed he and Anne to return to their real first love—marriage and family ministry. During the past 12 years, the Kaysers have had the opportunity to speak to thousands of couples leading Weekend to Remember marriage conferences. At the same time, they have faithfully developed of a ministry here at Fellowship that is committed to building gospel-centered marriages.
Larry and Anne reside in Franklin and are fortunate to have two of their four daughters and six of their 10 grandchildren living nearby.