First Lutheran Church

Bellefontaine, OH

"God's Work, Our Hands As We Keep Christ First"

Welcome Pastor Larry Novak!
We are please to announce our search for a new pastor at First Lutheran Church is now complete.  Pastor Larry Novak will begin on Sunday, October 23, 2016 leading our congregation as we worship God together.

To introduce Pastor Larry (as he likes to be called) to you, he has written a short biography:

I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and I am the oldest of three children. I was raised Catholic. I graduated high school in 1979, and attended Ohio State University. I graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1983, and enrolled in law school in September of 1984. I graduated law school in 1987. I then worked at the Central Ohio Legal Aid Society, later Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, for ten years, before opening my own practice. I became a certified lay worship leader in 2005, and enrolled in Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2010. In between my legal career and starting seminary, I was employed at Elder-Beerman, Colonial Heights Furniture, and Safelite Auto Glass. While in seminary, I did a unit of hospital chaplaincy at Gwinnett Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and my internship was at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sidney, Ohio. I graduated from the seminary in May of this year. 


Carolyn and I met in the summer of 1980, when we both worked at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. We married in 1982. Carolyn is a registered nurse, and is currently employed as a nursing instructor at Hondros College in Fairborn, Ohio.  We have two children and two grandchildren. Our daughter, Debbie Newman, and her husband Christopher, live in Gahanna, Ohio. their two children (our grandchildren) are Elianna, age 9, and Brianna, age 7. Debbie is a full-time mother , and Christopher is the manager of a paving company. Our Son Andrew got married in May of this year. His wife's name is Elaina. They live in Pensacola, Florida. Andrew is a recruiter for the United States Navy, and Elaina is an occupational therapist.


I became a Lutheran when I got married. I love John Grisham novels as well as books by David McCullough. I am currently reading his biography on the Wright brothers. My wife and I are movie buffs, as well as being huge fans of Star Trek! I am also a huge sports fan, as well as an ardent supporter of THE Ohio State University. I was a cub scout leader for many years, when my son was in scouting.


I am excited to be at Bellefontaine, and I look forward to sharing more of my story and learning about all of your stories!

Join us for Sunday School and Worship!

Sunday School 9:00 am – 9:40 am 

Worship Service 10:00 am