Larry Kreider

E-Professor of Church Planting

Larry is the E-Professor of Church Planting at Christian Leaders Institute. Larry Kreider serves as International Director of DOVE International. Larry and his wife, LaVerne, have served together in Christian ministry and leadership for over 45 years. DOVE, a worldwide family of churches and ministries, has successfully used the New Testament “house to house” strategy of building the church with small groups for more than three decades.

As founder of DOVE International, Larry initially served for fifteen years as senior pastor of DOVE Westgate Church in Pennsylvania, which grew from a single small group of believers to over 2,300 in ten years. Today, DOVE believers are found meeting in more than 500 local churches and thousands of small groups in twenty-two nations in five continents of the world.

Larry and LaVerne started ministry in 1971, helping to found a youth ministry called “Lost But Found” that targeted the unchurched youth in their community of northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Larry earned his Masters of Ministry Degree with a concentration on leadership from Southwestern Christian University.

Larry and LaVerne continue to pursue this vision to build the church with a small group focus. It is their heart’s cry to see believers worldwide reach out from house to house, city to city and nation to nation, as they empower and train others to do the same. They emphasize the need for believers to become spiritual fathers and mothers who empower the next generation. They are blessed to serve alongside an amazing team of leaders representing many nations of the world. Larry is a featured speaker at conferences and travels extensively to train Christian leaders worldwide.

An author, Larry has written more than 40 books, including the Biblical Foundation Series in English, French and SpanishStarting a House ChurchSpeak Lord! I’m ListeningHouse to HouseThe Biblical Role of Elders for Today’s ChurchBuilding Your Personal House of Prayer and The Cry For Spiritual Mothers and FathersLarry and LaVerne coauthored the book When God Seems Silent. Over 500,000 of Larry’s books have been sold and translated into over ten languages. Larry also writes articles for Christian periodicals, including Ministries Today, Morning Star Journal, Charisma Magazine and others.


Larry and LaVerne have been married 46 years and live in Lititz, Pennsylvania. They love to sit by the ocean and read a good book, take walks, and spend time with their four amazing children, their families and the best grandkids in the world.

Books by Larry Kreider

21 Tests of Leadership
Biblical Foundation Series
Biblical Role of Elders for Today’s Church
Building Your Personal House of Prayer
Growing the Fruit of the Spirit
Hearing God 30 Different Ways
Helping You Build Cell Churches
House To House
Speak Lord, I’m Listening
Starting a House Church
Supernatural Living
The 3 Loves
The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers 
The Invitation: Church Planting Stories
What Every Small Group Leader Should Know

The Time Is Now Series

Straight Talk to Leaders
When God Seems Silent
Finding Freedom
Battle Cry for Your Marriage