Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Larry A. Blakeburn


Larry was born in Muskogee, OK, but grew up in a mobile environment as his father prepared for and participated in full-time ministry. He has lived in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee. Tennessee is the area in which he has lived the longest.

He graduated from Greeneville High School, Bethel University, and later earned a Master of Divinity degree at Memphis Theological Seminary. Additionally, he was the first recipient of a Doctor of Ministry degree from MTS. Larry spent two years in the United States Marine Corps, and served in Vietnam in 1969, where he was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Pastor Blakeburn has over 40 years of pastoral experience. He has served four churches;Bolivar CP Church, Bolivar, TN (1976-1981), St. Luke CP Church in Ft. Worth, TX (1981-1993),West Nashville CP Church (1993-1997) and Dyersburg First CP Church (2001-2015). Dr. Blakeburn was President of Memphis Theological Seminary from 1997-2001.

Larry has three children and three grandchildren. His oldest daughter, Krista, is married to David McGee. They have three children; Emma, Ellie and Thomas. His son, Will, is married to Kandice Friedhof Blakeburn and they have one daughter, Lucy. His youngest daughter is D’Ann Ricketts.

Barbara Spence


Barbara was born in Wickliffe, KY and attended Murray State University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Tennessee. She retired from Cardiology Associates of East Tennessee in 1997 as Physician Coordinator. She has two sons, a daughter, and 5 grandchildren. Her hobbies are music and crafts.


Choir Director

Debbie grew up in Florida but has lived in Tennessee for the last 30 years. She has a BA in music and an M.Ed. She has directed children, youth and adult choirs as well as being a soloist. Debbie has two sons and a daughter who live in Knoxville. Recently retired from school counseling at a local high school, Debbie spends her free time with her 5 grandchildren.