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Who We Are - Larry Warner, b Founder and Executive Director

E-mail: larry@b-ing.org Phone: 858-336-2117

Larry Warner has been married for over 35 years to his wife, Donna, and is the father of four children and grandfather of four. He has a varied vocational background, having worked 11 years as a Youth Pastor, 6 years as a Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff, and 10 years as the Senior Pastor of a church in San Diego, CA.

He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a Masters of Theology. He has been leading retreats since 1980. He has completed a program in Spiritual Formation and Direction at Azusa Pacific University’s Graduate School and a two-year program in Spiritual Direction at University of San Diego.

Larry is the founder and executive director of b which journeys with pastors, seminarians, church staffs, ministry leaders, churches and individuals who yearn for greater intimacy with God by designing and providing spiritual formation experiences which unleash and cultivate holistic development. b was founded in 2005.

He designs and leads retreats and formation experiences for b, is a spiritual director and a member of Spiritual Directors International. .

Additionally Larry is an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, teaches for the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot Seminary and the Master's in Ministry program at Pt Loma Nazarene University.

He co-authored a book for Zondervan which was released in January 2007 entitled, 'Imaginative Prayer in Youth Ministry'. He is involved with the National Pastors Conventions and National Youth Workers Conventions for Youth Specialties and Zondervan providing spiritual direction, leading morning contemplative times and facilitating seminars.

Larry's second book 'Journey with Jesus' was published by InterVarsity Press and released in August of 2010. This book was the result of a 5 year journey with the students at Talbot's Insitute of Spiritual Formation.

Larry takes extended retreats himself at least twice a year, meets with a spiritual director and receives personal supervision for his role as a spiritual director. Larry’s desire is to give others the tools and opportunity to experience a growing and deepening relationship with God and thus become the unique pastor, leader, person God has created them to be.

His favorite places are Big Sur, Grand Tetons and the beach. He enjoys racquetball, bicycling (in his younger days he rode across the United States), reading, listening to music, watching movies and being alone in quiet places. His favorite color is blue and he is widely known as a connoisseur of hot dogs and cooked chocolate pudding.

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