Audio Only - Eugene, Oregon, 2015
Larry's understanding of the Song of Solomon is different than that of most preachers and teachers, in that he does NOT believe this book to be about a "love triangle" in which Solomon, the author, supposedly paints himself as the lecherous villain (and loser) in the story. Larry's view is that the King and the "Shepherd Boy" are one and the same, rather than rivals for the young lady's affections. This is the interpretation proposed in the venerable "Keil & Delitzsch Commentaries" which Larry read and embraced about 30 years ago but which seems to be either unknown or at least not very popular among the saints. Give it a try - see what you think.
Larry Haverstock was born on February 17th, 1952 in Hawthorne, California. Raised as a Roman Catholic, he attended St. Joseph's Parochial School for grades 1 - 7. The family moved to Rolling Hills Estates, California in 1965 so his parents could raise and train Arabian horses, thus making Larry a teenage expert in handling hay hooks. He graduated from Miraleste High School in 1970, and promptly joined the Army, volunteered for Airborne, Recondo, and Special Forces Ranger training, as well as serving the military as a radio teletype operator and mail clerk for a total of three years.
While stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, and keeping a personal vow, Larry read the New Testament for the first time in January of 1973 and was baptized into Christ two weeks later, on February 11th, by Leonard Woods of the Lakeview Church of Christ. Encouraged by the fine saints there, he enrolled in the Bear Valley School of Preaching (now called the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver) and moved to Denver, Colorado that following September. One year later he met Donna Jean Fox in a Sunday morning Bible class when she moved to Denver after two years at York College. Completing Bear Valley's two year course, they married on December 21st of 1975 in Deer Creek, Oklahoma and honeymooned their way up to Kirkland, Washington, so as to begin 5 years of study with Lowell Williams of the Kirkland Church of Christ, then a group of 185 Christians.
Lowell had set up a Preacher Training School several years earlier. In addition to the typical two sermons and a class he preached on Sundays for the whole church, Lowell taught another eight classes each week, Monday through Thursday nights, to a dozen men who studied Bible, Greek, Church History, and many other topics in either 60 or 90 minute sessions. Larry was there for each and every one. Everybody has to eat though, so he went to work as a carpenter for one of Kirkland's deacons, Wendell Smith, who had a custom home-building business. For nearly five years Larry learned the trade, built houses during the day, and studied the Scriptures at night, while Donna worked as a dental assistant.
In 1976, Daryl Johnson and Larry were asked by the elders at Kirkland to manage the tape recording of all classes. Daryl wisely saw that "reel-to-reel" tapes had no future and suggested that all recording be done on the then newer format of audio cassettes. The two of them purchased equipment, built a recording room, and began the task of capturing and mailing out all classes taught in Kirkland. It was also in this year that Larry started "Truth On Tape" for this purpose.
In March of 1980, Larry began preaching for the Smokey Point Church of Christ, and in January of 1981 he and Donna moved into the Arlington, Washington area where they lived and worked with that church for 27 years. During these nearly three decades, in addition to preaching and teaching four times each week, Larry delivered mail for 14 years, spent 6 more operating a construction equipment business, 3 years as a driving instructor (yes, several 15 year old kids nearly killed him), and two years selling dairy feed, while simultaneously operating "Truth On Tape". Putting his carpentry skills back to work, he also designed and built both a new home for his own family in 1984 and Smokey Point's church building for God and His people in 1994. In these years he and Donna also raised two fine and faithful sons who shared not only their faith, but their love of flying too. They purchased a Cosmos Trike (an ultralight aircraft) in 1997. Larry then became a flight instructor and Donna also flew until June of 2001 when they sold the plane.
Larry had started "Truth On Tape" in 1976 while still in Kirkland but in 1986 he began commuting 80 miles and spent Tuesday nights with Wendell Smith and his outstanding family each week in order to record with his shiny new VHS camcorder the five classes Lowell Williams was then teaching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This effort lasted seven years and resulted in the video-taped commentary of the entire Bible Study / Preacher Training Course available on this website. The name was changed to "Truth On Disc" in 2003 when all this material was painstakingly remastered onto CDs and DVDs.
In July of 2006 Larry accepted the preaching responsibilities for the Kirkland church where he had been a videographer 20 years earlier and a Bible student three decades ago. Their sons were now grown and gone so Larry and Donna sold the home they'd built and occupied for 23 years to move back down to the Kirkland area. Once again he set himself to the task of upgrading their recording system so that soon Larry's own sermons and classes were also being recorded for CD and DVD distribution.
After six years in Kirkland, the elders for the Coburg Road church encouraged Larry to work there, so he and Donna moved to Eugene, Oregon, in 2012 where they spent seven years with a wonderfully fine group of saints and remodeled another home. Having toured Israel twice with Ferrell Jenkins (2010 and 2011) Larry continued visiting Israel in 2017, 2018, and 2019 encouraging saints from Kirkland, Eugene, and other churches to join expeditions led by Barry Britnell and Luke Chandler as well as sharing additional weeks exploring the magnificent land of ancient promise with Larry too.
Wanting to be closer to their two sons, one daughter-in-law, and now three grandchildren, Larry & Donna left the wonderful saints in Eugene with heavy hearts, bought and remodeled yet another home in Lake Tapps, and rejoiced to be back with family again in Washington.
Having already taught the Book of Revelation twice in Oregon, Larry was quite pleasantly surprised when about ten of the saints there asked him to teach it a third time through Zoom and YouTube now that he was up in Washington. This class was recorded, and became Larry's "magnum opus" containing 50 hours in 45 classes. In just its first year on the web this study of Revelation was viewed by over a thousand students. It is of course available on this website (Click Here) where Larry intends, Lord willing, to be recording more classes as the years go on.
However, when both sons decided during the Covid pandemic to pull up stakes and move to Texas and Tennessee respectively, Larry & Donna followed the grandchildren, bought a home in Columbia, Tennessee (at last, one that DIDN'T need remodeling) and joined the Jackson Heights church because of their unusually wise eldership and excellent preachers (Matt Bassford & Clay Gentry). It is a truly great congregation, come see us some time!
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Address: 944 Harmony Way, Columbia, TN, 38401