Each year CE National honors faithful servants for the cause of Christ.
Larry Smithwick has faithfully served the Lord in the role of senior pastor since 1971 along with his wife, Shari. Larry has pastored in Ripon, Calif.; Anchorage, Alaska; Newberg, Ore.; and Sugarcreek, Ohio. Larry moved to Kenai, Alaska, to retire, but instead pastored two churches: Peninsula Grace from 2013-2015 and, currently, Kenai Grace.
Justin Franchino, pastor of Peninsula Grace, Soldotna, Alaska, says that Larry “prioritizes people over programs. He sees the big picture, and knows how to disciple a group of people to follow Jesus, not Larry, so that he always leaves a church in a healthier place.”
Click here to see a video of Timothy Kurtaneck, of CE National, presenting the award.