Larry Houck – passing at age 70

Free Methodist World Missions mourns the passing of one of its former leaders.

Larry Houck, age 70, of Mount Vernon went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Laurels of Mount Vernon, Ohio.

He was born on October 8, 1946 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania to the late James and Pauline (Biddle) Houck. Larry was a graduate of God’s Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio, class of 1970. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1977. He later earned his Doctorate in Religion from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1989. He pastored FM Churches in Erie, New Castle, and Oil City, PA and also at Wesley Chapel UM in Danville. He taught in the religion department at Greenville College for 6 years and at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for 10 years. He served as missionary in Indonesia for 2 years and in the Philippines for 2 years. He was World Missions Director of the FM Church for 6 years.

Larry enjoyed teaching and writing. He published a book in 2015 on Spiritual Formation. He was a member of the North Central Ohio District of the Nazarene Church for the last 12 years. He loved music and played the trumpet and harp. He also enjoyed whittling and working with wood.

He is survived by his wife Sharon (Hughes) Houck; his son Michael James Houck; two brothers, James (Juanita) Houck, Randy Houck; his sister Linda Ziman; and his aunt Joan Houck.
Friends may call on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will be held at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday beginning at 11 AM with Pastor Ray LaSalle officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.