Pastor Larry W. Whitley

     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. 

     Pastor Whitley was employed with the N.C. Highway Patrol Department for 30 years. On March 11, 1999, Pastor Whitley was promoted to Captain, for Troop “E”, which was headquartered with the N.C. Highway Patrol in Salisbury, North Carolina where he managed ten of North Carolina’s one hundred counties which includes Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties.  Captain Whitley was one of three Black Captains in North Carolina. Pastor Whitley retired from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on April 30, 2003.

     He is married to Rev. Chris Latham Whitley. He has two daughters, Kashonda and Kristy, five granddaughters; Brianna, Whitlei, Indya Rose, Infinity, Ashlynn and one grandson Mylan, and one son-in-law, Ronald Spruill.  His hobbies and interest include fishing, basketball, football, golf and cooking outdoors on his grill.

     Pastor Whitley has served over 27 years as a pastor, 6 years as the Moderator of The Mecklenburg General Baptist Association (MGBA), of Charlotte, North Carolina, which includes 23 churches in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Which is now United Missionary Baptist Association. In November 2015, Pastor Whitley was elected as Town Commissioner to the Matthews Board of Commissioners, Matthews, North Carolina; making him the 1st African American to serve on the board in 136 years.

   The most important thing to know about Pastor Whitley is that he is a Christian Man, a child of the Living God, who loves The Lord, and strives to carry out GOD’s will each and every day.  He proclaims the Word to all, "That you must be born again thus said The Lord".