Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:8


Larry and Karen Gratreak

Larry was raised in Oregon, and was born-again July 31st, 1972. He started attending Portland Foursquare Church when a friend invited him to the college group meetings. After being received with much kindness and love,  it wasn’t long before he wanted others to experience God’s love too. In the fall of 1974 he was asked to help start a church in Newport, Oregon. He moved there in December and the church began in January 1975.

Karen was raised in the Portland area. Attending a Baptist church during her high school years had a strong, positive influence in her life.  In 1975 she received Jesus as her Savior and has been following Him ever since. From 1979 to 1989 she was on staff at the Newport, Oregon Foursquare church as Christian Education director.

Larry and Karen met in 1975 and were married in June of 1976. They served as assistant pastors in Newport until moving to Monmouth in 1989. Larry and Karen have 3 children (all graduates of Central School District), and 5 grandchildren.

A message from Pastor Larry: In the fall of 1989 I had one of the strongest leadings from the Holy Spirit that I had ever experienced. I was convinced that the Lord was calling me to move my family to Monmouth and begin pastoring Life Center. I had been pastoring in Newport Oregon for 15 years and hadn’t wanted to leave there. After much prayer and fasting I went for a walk on the beach early one morning and the Lord spoke gently in my spirit, assuring me of His leading. Now, more then two decades later, and with more reasons to believe than ever, I know that God is still leading me to serve this church and this community. My hope is that you too will find confidence in the leading of the Lord and contentment in your life every day.