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Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church

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Roger Larsen

Senior Pastor

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Roger Larsen was born and raised in Southern California. He joined the Adventist church via evangelistic meetings and from there went to college in Northern California. While in his sophomore and junior years Roger served as a student literature evangelist for the Idaho Conference.

He married his wife of 28 years, Denali Dena, in 1989 and then returned to Idaho to canvas full-time for the next three years. In 1991 he was called to be the publishing director of the Montana Conference but decided instead to return to school. He became a Bible Worker, and graduated from Weimar College with a BA in Pastoral Ministry.

From there, the Larsen family journeyed Midwest to the Kansas Nebraska Conference and Roger served as pastor in districts in Great Bend KS, Alliance NE, Lincoln NE, and Wichita KS. In Wichita he also taught 7th through 10th grade Bible. During their time in the KS-NE Conference, their daughter, Chantal, was born and two and a half years later they had a son, Brett.

Following the Wichita years, Roger pastored at Sunnydale Academy Church in Missouri.

The Larsen’s feel blessed to be back in the mountains and serve at the Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church. Roger enjoys playing various instruments including guitar, mandocello, and mandolin. He loves Indian food, swimming, working out, and good times with family and friends.

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Ray Valenzuela

Associate Pastor

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Pastor Ray was born in a small town in northern Mexico and immigrated to Kansas City, Kansas when he was nine years old. He first accepted Christ as a teenager at a Christian summer camp. He first heard the Seventh-day Adventist message when local church members arrived to his house and invited his family to church. Since then, he has felt God leading his life and felt the call to serve him as a senior in high school. He went on to earn a Bachelor Degree in Theology from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and is completing a Master's Degree in Divinity from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  He has worked for the church in Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan and Maryland as a Spanish teacher, boys' dean, Bible worker, and youth pastor. He is married to Alyssa, who is his partner in ministry. Pastor Ray is passionate about mission work, sports, and seeing young people grow into their full potential in Christ. He loves getting to know members and visitors. Feel free to contact him to hang out, talk, or grab lunch together.