In Memoriam, Dr. Larry J. Staner
Agora Evangelism Ministries could not have been founded without the tireless work and grace of the Reverend Dr. Larry J. Staner. The Reverend Dr. Staner was hugely influential in soul winning outreach across the country. Agora simply would not be where it is today without him. His absence has been deeply felt, and he is remembered with great reverence to this day. Agora Evangelism Ministries honors volunteers each year with the Dr. Larry J. Staner Tree of Life Award, inaugurated out of respect for Dr. Staner’s efforts.
Born Dec. 7, 1951, in South Bend, Ind., he was the son of the late Robert and Katherine Fred Staner. He was the husband of Diana Pennington Staner, whom he married Dec. 21, 1973. On May 19, 1977, he received his Graduate of Theology from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo. He also received a bachelor's degree on May 3, 1996, and a Masters of Arts degree on May 9, 2003, from Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport, La. On July 11, 2004, he received his Doctorate in Theology from Southern Indiana Baptist College in Dupont, Ind. He was a founding life time member of the AGORA Evangelism Ministries, Inc and he served as a pastor at the Church of the Open Door in Westminster since May 1987 where he was the leader of the Soulwinning Outreach Program at the church. His program was taught and received by many churches and is implemented today.