Abundant Life Baptist Church
Pastor Larry Yost
Our Leadership Team
Senior Pastor James Kessick
Senior Pastor: James Kessick (304) 962-3093
Assistant Pastor: Dale Barnett (304) 544-5787
Assistant Pastor: Larry Yost (304) 633-1683
Assistant: Tom Belville (304) 471-3666
Brother Bob Bowen (304) 942-8841
Brother Dave Herrell (304) 633-7311
Brother Ronnie Jeffers (304) 710-8027
Brother Travis Henson (740) 302-2622
Brother Joe Pemberton (740) 886-8508
The spring of 1973 Pastor Larry returned to Piedmont Bible College and became the Associate Minister of Music at Broadbay Hills Baptist, in Winston-Salem, NC, under the leadership of Pastor Mike Neal, also serving in different areas of ministry. Then in 1974, he became the Minister of Music until December 1975. In January 1976, he continued his education and began attending Tri-State Bible College, in South Point, OH, studying Religious Education. He graduated from Tri-State Bible College in April 1980, with a Bachelor of Religious Education. While also attending Grace Gospel Church, in Huntington, WV then becoming the Youth Director of Walnut Hills Baptist Church.
In September 1982, he became to serve as a Deacon, then became the Minister of Music. There he also served as an Adult SS Teacher, worked in the nursing home ministry, van ministry, visitation ministry, and other areas of ministries, under the leadership of Pastor Henry Bryan, Pastor Rick Merrick, Pastor Joe Moore, Pastor Rocky Smith & Pastor Miller. While serving at Walnut Hills Baptist Pastor Larry had to privilege to be licensed by his home church, to the Gospel Ministry, by Pastor Bill Rudd.
From May 1991-May 1995, he studied by correspondence, Christian Counseling, having received the Master of Ministry in Christian Counseling. In May of 2004, was Ordained to the Gospel Ministry, by Walnut Hills Baptist. In May 2005, became an Associate/Assistant Pastor at Abundant Life Baptist Church, Proctorville, OH, under the leadership of Pastor Rocky Smith and the present Pastor James Kessick, serving in music ministry, visitation, van ministry, nursing home ministries and other areas of ministry. In August 2010, he bestowed the Honorary Doctor of Divinity, by Truth & Liberty Bible College, at Hurricane by Pastor Art Hage.
From Pastor Larry Yost,
"I count it a privilege to serve the Lord Jesus Christ for His glory!"
"My life verse is Phillipians 4:13, "I can do all things through Jesus Christ, who strengthen me".
"My life songs are " The Longer I Serve Him" and " God Leads Us Along".
Assistant Pastor Larry Yost
The personal testimony of Pastor Larry Yost. He was raised in a Christian home and his parents made sure he and his sister were in church whenever the doors were open. He was saved at the age of 10, after a family devotion on a Wednesday night in December 1961, with my sister asking if I would like to be saved & my mother leading me in the sinner's prayer.
He grew up in Grace Gospel Church, in Huntington, WV. There they had an annual missions conference each year and on the closing night of the conference, there would be a time of dedicating your life to serving the Lord Jesus Christ. As a teenager he felt he was being called to the ministry.
In 1970 Pastor Larry started attending Piedmont Bible College, majoring in Christian Education. While at Piedmont, he participated in different Christian service outreaches like (street preaching, nursing home, rescue missions). While there he attended Salem Baptist, serving in the bus ministry, singing in the choir & served as a song leader for the Sunday School department. In the summer of 1972, he served as song leader at Walnut Hills Baptist & helped with the visitation program and other areas as needed.