Pastor Larry W. Whitley is the seventh of eight children, born to Andrew and Annie Mae Whitley, who are deceased in Zebulon, North Carolina. Pastor Whitley has one brother and six sisters.
He graduated from James E. Shepherd High School in 1970. After HS, he attended North Carolina A&T State University where he earned a B.S. Degree in Art Education from in 1974. Following graduation from A&T, he completed basic and administrative officers training for The North Carolina Highway Patrol. Pastor Whitley continued his education, receiving two degrees from the Bethlehem Bible College of Roanoke, VA. He was honored with Honorary Doctor of Divinity, as well as, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letter degrees.