Larry Bettencourt and his wife, KIM are the founding lead pastors of Champion Life Church in Beaver Falls, PA (2011). The church is in its launch phase of existence, yet Larry and Kim served in ministry for over 20 years. Larry has served as a youth pastor in the Western PA area since he moved here to attend Geneva College in 1986. From a youth leader for Young Life, a veteran youth pastor, and a youth pastor coach; he has a passion for youth summer camp because his life was impacted at camp at the age of 13 in Louisiana.
Larry started JAC Camp in 1995 after assisting with camps in LA and PA, especially at here Jumonville. JAC camp has impacted 1000’s of teen since its humble beginnings. Larry’s number one purpose is to share the love and grace of God. He is noted for his fun and energetic, engaging and practical communication style.
In 2007, Larry became the founder of Finishline Ministries. Finishline Ministries exists to “Strengthen the Local Church” in coaching, equipping and training leaders. Larry has a Master Degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College, as well as undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education. Larry holds a Degree in Theology from Life Christian University. Pastor Larry has authored the book, “Put It Behind Ya”, which encourages you to “press toward the high call of Jesus Christ without the past holding you back.” Larry and his wife, Kim, live in Beaver County, PA with their four daughters.