Church Leadership

Pastor Larry Young

Pastor Larry was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He met his sweetheart (Valenda Kuester) in high school. They were married in March of 1996. They have two children; Katelyn, who attends the University of North Alabama and Collin, who is a Junior at Muscle Shoals High School.

 Prior to becoming a pastor, Larry was a Logistics Manager for Wells Fargo Bank and a General Manager for California Overnight. Valenda is a Special Education Teacher.

Pastor Larry was ordained in July of 2008 and the Youngs moved to Florence, Alabama soon afterward. Pastor Larry delivered his first sermon at Parkway Community Church of God on August 3, 2008.

Larry has a passion for discipleship. He considers himself more of a shepherd than a preacher and would rather show someone how to live the Christian life than tell them about it.

Come meet him and his family this Sunday. We know they'd love to meet you!

Our Elders & Leadership Team


  • Larry Young (Chairman)
  • Demos Gallender (Vice-Chairman)
  • Joe Barnett (Building & Finance)
  • Myron Thompson (Program & Outreach)

Leadership Team:

  • Floyd Curtis (Worship)
  • Valenda Young (Christian Education)
  • Shelby Heathcoat (Nursery)
  • Kayla Hatton & Raven Keeton (Children)
  • Sydney Herron (Youth)
  • Kayla Dunham (Women)
  • Troy Collett (Men & Security)
  • Joe & Sandy Barnett (J.O.Y.)
  • Linda Hill (Hospitality)

Church Secretary

  • Katelyn Young