Our Leaders

Larry Webb

Senior Pastor

Our lead pastor is Larry Webb. Larry has an unusual background for someone who has made pastoral ministry his lifetime profession. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from LeTourneau University but then felt an irresistible calling to enter the pastorate. It wasn't a wasted degree, however, because his discipline in engineering prepared him to approach his teaching ministry on much more than just a superficial basis. He had been raised in evangelical churches from childhood but he often left services disappointed because most of his questions were never answered. Convinced that inquiring minds want to know Larry's vision is to create a relevant church that addresses life's most challenging questions from an intelligent, objective, thought-provoking and thoroughly biblical perspective.

Pastor Larry ultimately earned a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Bakke Graduate University and over time, has become an experienced catalytic church planter. He has been the beginning pastor of four successful church plants in Southern California, Missouri and most recently, Northern California.

Larry's personal mission statement describing his passion to add eternal value to the people he ministers to make him a perfect fit for the Shadow Mountain congregation.
Larry and Hope have been married since college. They are the proud parents of three adult sons and grandparents of four amazing grandchildren.

Barbara Farrar

Worship Leader / Pastoral Assistant

Background: Barbara is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a B.A. in Accounting and a minor in English. She is a Certified Public Accountant and worked in the banking industry for 10 years in Arkansas before moving to the Bay Area and becoming a stay at home mom. 

Ministry: Barbara is passionate about worship and has been part of praise teams for many years. She served as the lead worshiper for three years in northern California before moving to Nevada in 2013 to become the lead worshiper at SMC. In that role she works with the pastor in selecting songs that will glorify God and fit with that morning's sermon. Barbara strives to faithfully lead others to magnify the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit .

Family: Barbara and Bill have been married for over thirty-five years. Bill, also a CPA, has served the church in the capacity  of treasurer and bookkeeper for many years. Bill and Barbara are blessed to have two beautiful daughters, Anna Abeyta and Taylor Farrar (greeter and name tag extraordinaire at SMC), one amazing son, Zachary, one precious daughter-in-law, Lindsay, one interesting (and yes sweet) son-in-law, Paul Abeyta. They also have four amazing grandsons, Silas and Oliver Abeyta, and Josiah and Nathaniel Farrar and two beautiful granddaughters, Nora Grace and Maisie Jane Abeyta! (absolutely ADORABLE... all 6 of them!!!!!!).

God called Dannelle to Shadow Mountain Church (then First Baptist) in 2011 and she became a member on Easter Sunday, 2012.  Dannelle and her amazing husband Johnny have served in various ministries at church including facilitating Financial Peace University classes, hosting a Bible Study for Moms in their home and teaching Sunday School.  Dannelle has also served on Women’s Ministry. They home educate their two precious young children.

 

Dannelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology at CSU Fresno and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She worked at the South Lake Tahoe Police Department as a Community Service Officer and then CSO Manager.  She left the Department to be a fulltime wife and mother. 

 

Dannelle is constantly amazed that God not only invites us, but also allows us to come before His throne in prayer and worship.  She is committed to honoring Him by overseeing a Bible teaching and Jesus centered Sunday School.      

Dannelle Spaeth

Director of Children Ministries

Christy has been married to Bill since 1989 and they have 3 children, Anthony and his wife Amanda, Kasey and his wife Marissa, and daughter Amanda. She was born in Seattle, Washington, was raised in Ontario, California and for the last 25 years has lived in Gardnerville, Nevada. She was a teacher at Mt. Sierra Christian School for 10 years. She has been a God fearing Christian for 31 years. She has served in Women’s Ministry, Sunday School, and basically anywhere the need is. She loves the Lord and is eager to serve Him.

Christy Roney

Administrator/receptionist

Rick feels so blessed to be married to his best friend Sharon.  In March 2020 they will celebrate 49 years of marriage.  Rick and Sharon have 3 wonderful children; Jennifer, Rick Jr., and Lindsey.  They also have 10 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren.  Rick spent 6 years in the U.S. Air Force including a year in Vietnam.  He is a retired

Air Traffic Controller after 30 years in the F.A.A.  Prior to moving to Nevada, Rick spent many years with Sharon teaching children, leading adult Bible studies and leading children's music ministry. Rick and Sharon have lived in Gardnerville and attended SMC since early 2018.  Rick is so pleased that God has led him to become part of the Shadow Mountain Church praise team. Rick believes and relies strongly on God's power and strength and is amazed daily by God's grace.  Rick's life verse is

2 Corinthians 12:9 - "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."

Rick Frank

Elder

Bill and Christy have been married for 30 years and have 3 children, Anthony, Kasey and Amanda.  Bill was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, while his father, a WWII Veteran, was stationed there.  He is a retired Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience in the emergency room.  He is also certified IT Technician.  Bill & Christy started attending Shadow Mountain Church in 2016.  Both of Bill & Christy’s boys served in the US Army & Amanda is the Front End Supervisor at Best Buy.  Bill helps maintain the church computers and the security system.

Bill is also eternally grateful that God has blessed him with a wife that is able to put up with him and considers it a privilege to care for her, showing her honor, loving her and trying to understand her, which is a daily challenge. 

William T. Roney III

Elder

Fred was raised on a farm in southwest Iowa. He was a cook in the Army Reserves and enjoys cooking among other hobbies. Fred enjoys playing card games with his wife, Bonnie. They have a blended family with lots of grandkids and great-grandkids.

After attending Iowa State for a year, Fred worked as an agent for an airline for several years. Then he held several positions at Hartford Insurance. After that he became a general contractor in San Jose and owned and operated a repair construction business for 25 years.

Fred was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Love Inc., a clearing house for needy people who contacted local churches for help. Most of his life he has been active in church, serving in various capacities as an usher, deacon, elder, home Bible Study leader, facilities maintenance director and choir member. That said, he still prefers to keep a low profile and be a behind the scenes guy.

Fred Wehrli

Elder

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1311 Centerville Lane

Gardnerville, NV 89410

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Sunday morning - 9:00 AM  and  10:40 AM

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