A little bit about Dan Larson
Who am I?
Dan Larson from Janesville, Wisconsin
I’m married to Diane, my best friend and lover for 25 years
I have 3 children ages 17-21
Ministry Call: Pastor
Graduated from North Central University in 1991 with a Bachelors in Pastoral Studies
I accepted Christ at 4 years old and felt called to be a pastor at 9 years old
We have ministered in Youth ministry, Music ministry and lead pastor positions in Sioux Falls, SD, Des Moines IA, St. Cloud, MN, Auburn, WA, and Federal Way, WA
My passion is Love God, Love People, and Love Life
I love being a husband, father, and being with my wife and kids “making memories”
I believe that the church is the greatest solution to the world’s greatest problems and dilemmas
Have a role model family that loves, laughs, and lives to honor God
See the church fall deeply in love with Jesus through prayer again
To illuminate the NW with Lighthouses (gatherings) of real Jesus people meeting in every neighborhood, community, and church building who are learning to live authentic and exemplary lifestyles to represent Jesus well to the world.
To see Family Life Community Church train 10,000 Jesus followers
What do I do at Family Life?
It is my privilege to be the founding and Lead Pastor
I am honored to lead the pastoral team and board, and oversee the Outreach and Disciple making ministries among many other things
Favorite Scriptures: Psalm 34 and John 15
Friday night or Sunday foods: Friday night anything for my date night with
Diane — And Sunday night’s gotta be Papa Murphy’s pizza
Books that have impacted me:
Developing the Leader Within You – John Maxwell
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire – Jim Cymbala
Hobbies that keep me out of trouble: Jogging with my dogs, hiking and biking
Personal Life Mission Statement: To Love God, Love People and lead my family and church to be adventuresome, integral, and faithful lovers and followers of Jesus who change the course of history in the NW and the world.
A little bit about Diane Larson
Who am I? Diane Larson from Minnesota!
I am the wife of Dan Larson for 25 incredible years.
We have 3 children….Allyssa (21) Ashley (20) and Jonathan (17)
Ministry call: Music, Writing, Speaking, and Administration
• Graduated from North Central University with a Music Ministry Major and Marketing Minor
• Goals: (have already begun!)
o To stand alongside my husband as a helpmate. It is my privilege to do life with him and to serve the Lord in any and every capacity put before us…together….as a team!
o To write books and Bible Studies for women and church leaders
o To watch Family Life launch into its second decade (September 2016) strong, influential, and full of God’s presence and power.
o To make Jesus FAMOUS in this region by influencing families and our community to follow Christ – one by one.
What do I do at Family Life? It’s my privilege to head the Administration & Worship Departments of Family Life. I’ve spent the past 25 years serving alongside my husband in various capacities and ministry roles, primarily in worship and music. About 3 years ago I transitioned into an administrative pastor role and have enjoyed that thoroughly as well. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to ministry.
Favorite Scriptures: So many…how do I pick? I Cor. 13 and Gal 5 (Fruit of the Spirit)
Friday night or Sunday Foods: Friday night is always date night…every week with
my man! Sunday is always pizza, popcorn, and pop. (Oh, and Monday is spaghetti night with the family). At least we are predictable.
Books or Movies that have impacted me: The movie Ellen Foster and Lee Daniels The Butler. As far as books, Max Lucado’s Wemmick series You Are Special. I read so many books it’s hard to narrow it down….the Wemmicks live in my head though and I love that book on so many levels! The value in every one….priceless.
Hobbies that keep me out of trouble: Playing the piano, walking, and Candy Crush and Sudoku!
Personal Life Mission Statement: That I would LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE, and LOVE LIFE and watch my children do the same
A little bit about the Larsons
They are both from the Midwest – Dan from Wisconsin and Diane is from Minnesota. They met at North Central University and got married in 1990. They have 3 amazing children and two fabulous dogs! The Lord called them specifically to pastor a church in the Great Northwest in May 2003. The Larsons packed their bags, moved their family, and knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that this was their new home! They have been in ministry for almost 25 years and have never had more fun!
When did Family Life open its doors?
We started as a home group with 30 incredible people in February 2006. Grand Opening was September 10th, 2006 with almost 300 people in attendance. As a new church – we are having a BLAST!
What were you thinking?
We did not start this church to compete with the many fine churches in Federal Way and the surrounding area. No, this church is for those people who were not currently attending a church because they see church as intimidating, irrelevant, boring, or “not for me”. Family Life is also for those who are tired of religion, but seeking a real relationship with God. We started this church for people like you who need a community, a place to belong, a place to serve, and a place to thrive! This church is also for those that have felt unworthy, unloved and hopeless. Family Life was started with a pure heart to help people Love God, Love people, and Love life.
Why do you do what you do?
It’s simple: people matter to God and people matter to us. We strive to meet people where they are with messages that deal with their everyday challenges, hopes, victories, mindsets, and heartbreaks.