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.
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 three beautiful granddaughters, Nora Grace Maisie Jane and Sophie Abeyta! (absolutely ADORABLE... all 7 of them!!!!!!).
With great excitement I’ve accepted the directorship of Children’s Ministries here at SMC. I love the Lord and personally understand the utmost importance of leading children to Jesus. I began this calling as a young teen in Southern California at a Mega Church in Pasadena. Volunteering as a Sunday school teacher turned into a lifelong career. I earned my BA at Sierra Nevada College and a Master’s degree at Walden University. I began teaching at a private Christian School and then went into the public school system. I have taught grades K-6th and worked at the district’s Professional Development Center training teachers. I ended my public school career as a 6th grade English teacher. As a retired teacher, I have the time and experience to fulfill this calling.
I am married to Andrew Prause and together we have raised four amazing children. We now boast about our nine grandkids whose ages range from two years old up to twenty. We have lived in Gardnerville for close to forty years with a short detour to North Carolina for twenty months.
I’m excited to be a part of this wonderful church with such a devoted pastor and an incredible staff. I’m excited to see how the Lord uses me for His purpose with the help a great group of teachers and helpers.
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.
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."
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
Tom Kalb and his wife Missy along with their two boys, Ethan and Andrew, have been attending Shadow Mountain Church (formerly First Baptist Church) since 2006. Tom holds an Electrical/Electronic Engineering degree and moved to Nevada in 1992 to work for Bently Nevada (now Baker Hughes). Most Sundays you can find him using the electronic skills God gave him to help run the equipment in the audio/video booth.
Steve was born and raised in California and born again at the age of eighteen. Steve's wife, Emma grew up in Los Angeles, California. Steve has been married to Emma for almost 34 years. They have three sons, Michael Jeremy and Paul. They also raised Steve's nephew, Justin. They lived in the city of Brentwood, California prior to coming to Gardnerville. They felt God leading them to Shadow Mountain Church in 2012 through Pastor Larry's prompting. In California they worshiped at First Family Church with Pastor Larry and Hopey! It seemed as though God wanted them here together.
"I'm so proud of Shadow Mountain and the progress and growth we've seen since we've come here. I spent five years in the Air Force and three of them in Spain. Upon exiting the Air Force, I attended Western Bible College for three years, majoring in Pastoral Studies, where I received a strong foundation in the Word of God. Following Bible College, I spent two years learning how to program computers. Although I retired from PG&E as a computer programmer, I believe God has gifted me and given me a passion for teaching the Bible and I love holding Bible studies in our home."
Paul has been married to his wife Shawna for over 25 years. They have two daughters, Rachel and Abigail, who are college students. Paul and his family began worshiping at Shadow Mountain periodically in 2019 when they visited Gardnerville on weekends to check progress on their new home under construction, and they have been a regular part of the church family since relocating from the San Francisco Bay area in 2020. Paul worked as an electronics engineer on a variety of projects at a government laboratory, then at a startup company, and finally at one of the “Big Tech” companies. He has a passion for leading small-group Bible studies where participants can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and draw nearer to Him. Paul also enjoys using his skills and abilities to help the church staff and community.