Pastor retires

Congratulations to Larry and Connie Wooldridge on the occasion of Larry’s retirement after 45 years as a full-time employed GCI lead pastor. The Cromwell, CT, congregation recently hosted a special gathering to thank the couple and help them celebrate.

Larry and Connie (foreground) surrounded by members of their congregations.
Joining in the celebration (L to R): Regional Pastor Randy Bloom, Larry and Connie,
Ellen and (Elder) Mike Anderson, and GCI President, Joseph Tkach.
Larry addresses the gathering.

After graduating in 1972 from the Texas campus of Ambassador College, Larry was hired as a ministerial assistant serving in Jacksonville, FL. Over the last 45 years, he served as lead pastor in numerous locations in the U.S., along with serving for a time as a district pastoral leader. Larry had the unique experience of serving the Meriden, CT, congregation twice—once from 1979 to 1988 and again from 1999 to his retirement.

Cards may be sent to:

Larry and Connie Wooldridge
18 Abbey Lane
Meriden, CT 06450

13 thoughts on “Pastor retires”

  1. Congratulations and God bless! Thank you for your many years of faithful service to God’s people!
    Ray and Carol Meyer

  2. Congratulations, Larry and Connie! We’ve been retired for eight months now and it has not been at all what we expected. A true adventure! May your retirement be a wonderful experience, too!

  3. Blessings Larry and Connie. Was honoured to serve with you and call you friend’s. We love you

    Jeff and Karen

  4. Larry and Connie,

    Thank you so much for your faithful service to the Church. I am sure that over the years there have been many grateful hearts who would echo that sentiment. Life in the full time ministry experiences many happy moments, but also many tears. Always though, it is a great privilege to serve the people of God.

    As you pass the baton to the next generation I pray that the Lord will grant you peace and a deep sense of joy.

    Well done!

    In Him,

  5. Congratulations on your retirement Larry & Connie! And on 45 years of service. I, too, was full time for 45 years and learning how retirement works (I hope!).We don’t know each other, but have career parallels, and we wish you all God’s best. And don’t think you are a pastor put out to pasture! There is much service left in you, and you won’t be satisfied unless you stay involved on some level. Enjoy! JR & Hazel

  6. Larry & Connie — Congrats on retirement. Blessed to know you from AC and then various times we have met throughout the last couple decades. Blessings to you. Like Glen I have been “retired” for 5 months and love it. Hope to see you in Orlando if you come. David & Jonnie Perry

  7. Greetings from NYC. Congratulations, Larry and Connie. Well done, and thanks for your many years of friendship and service. May the Lord richly bless you in this next chapter in your lives and ministry to Him.

  8. Larry and Connie, congratulations on a long faithful journey in the ministry. Honored to call you my friend. God bless you in your retirement. PK

  9. Dear Larry and Connie,

    Congratulations! We love and miss you guys. All the best in this new chapter of your lives.

    Ken and Nancy

  10. Congratulations Larry and Connie! We love you very much and celebrate this awesome occasion with you!

    PD and Emma Lee

  11. Congratulations Larry and Connie. We have valued your ministry to us during times of difficulty, and know how much you have been loved by your congregations. Best wishes on your retirement.

    Don and Beth.

  12. Congrats and best wishes Larry and Connie! Thank you for so many years of love and service!

    Brad and Jodie Haist

  13. Congratulations dear brother and sister!
    We are so excited for you. It’s time to see our triune God in your lives from a beautiful, inspiring different perspective. Enjoy your personal and church families as never before in a whole new and relaxing way. Thanks for visiting us in NH with timely messages and for your loving friendship.
    Love always,
    Faye and Tony

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