Rev. Dr. Patrick Larracey — May 1999 - January 30, 2005

Born July 3, 1942, in Portland, Maine, Patrick Larracey received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Christian Theological Seminary. His affiliations include the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Albany Institute, President of the Indiana Kentucky Conference and Chairperson the Board of Directors, and an active member of the Wabash Valley Association Clergy Group of the UCC.

“Pastor Pat” as he was fondly referred to, pastored the Bethel congregation from May 1999 through January 2005. During his tenure, he assisted with establishing the Bethel Christian Preschool in the fall of 1999, created and wrote the program for the annual Holy Week “Journey through Jerusalem” which was a two-night program portraying live scenes and events of Holy Week concluding with the cantata, “Once and For All.” Several mission trips were initiated during this time, with Pastor Pat traveling on the first trip to Honduras and others to West Virginia and Kentucky. He started bi-weekly staff meetings, the Conflict Resolution Policy, and a Young Adult Sunday School Class now known as Faithful Families. He enjoyed participating in the community and was often seen at ball games, school events, even spending time in the dunking booth. Pastor Pat counseled “At Risk” students every Friday at East Elementary and Junior High completing 800 sessions and was on the school corporation Care Bear Team dealing with death and suicide cases. He served on the KCARC Board of Directors and the North Knox Social Ministries Board.

He and his wife Judy currently live near the Indianapolis area near their children Cristy her husband Doug, and Steve and his wife Amanda, and their two grandchildren, Benjamin and Elinore. He serves with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations whose mission statement is: “The mission of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations is to help the Indianapolis area congregations find and use the best resources available to address the practical challenges they face and to share what we learn with congregations nationwide.”