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Larry Mapes

Elder/ Shepherd

I have been a Shepherd of sheep and am now a Shepherd of people. I’m not sure which task is more difficult, but the latter has far greater consequences.

Jesus never called Himself bishop, elder, or preacher, but He did refer to Himself as Shepherd. The connection is seen clearly in such passages as Ezekiel 34:31: “You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God.”. This passage contains two very important elements: “your God . . . My people.” The ideas of the people and the flock are closely connected in scriptures. 

I am honored to serve as one of Tulare’s elders. I was raised in a Christian home and was very active in church all my life. I am loved and supported by a lovely Christian wife, Ruth, who exemplifies the characteristics described in scripture.

I attended Cal Poly as an Ag Business Management major; since that time, I have been involved in Agricultural Banking, Finance and Ag Real Estate here in the Central Valley for over 40 years. Tulare has been our home and this Church has been our family.

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