Who We Are

Abraham Lara

Family

i’m married to a supermodel, deborah lara. since 1999 we’ve acquired 6 kids: Anna (b. 9/28/00), Danielle (b. 2/26/02), Julia (b. 4/28/04), Rachel (b. 10/19/06), and Sarah and Naomi (b. 3/26/08). 

Life Verse

John 3:30

“He must increase, I must decrease.”

What are you passionate about?

storytelling through video/writing, family, & apple/technology.

Books I’m reading/recommend

Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones

Seven Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley, Lane Jones, Reggie Joiner

Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood by Dennis Rainey

How I met my spouse

i met her at northwest college (now university). i was a sophomore, she was a freshman. and pretty much i chased her until she caught me. (noteworthy about our relationship: we didn’t hold hands till we were engaged, and didn’t kiss on the lips till we were married)

Few People Know About Me

i used to want to have hair like “uncle Jesse” from the tv show Full House

What makes you cry?

hallmark commercials, hearing people scream “I’M DEBT FREEEEE!!” on the Dave Ramsey Show, and stories of people’s lives changed by God.

Strengths

writing, simplifying complex concepts, strong convictions, decision maker, can solve rubik’s cube in about 2 min, i’m pretty good at tech stuff too, and i can name all 50 states in alphabetical order!

Education

B.A Biblical Literature from Northwest College

Apple Certified Mactinosh technician

Free time

well, i categorize two types of free time: free time with family and free time alone. with family; we like to go out to eat, talk to each other, watch movies, or go shopping. free time alone; i like to write, listen to podcasts/audiobooks, go running, or browse ‘youtube‘ clips, and recently - minecraft.

Ministry Experience

grew up a PK (pastor’s kid). involved in a ministry team in college. involved in leadership teams at fairwood assembly and stone church. youth pastor at south park assembly and grandview assembly. since 2012 we've been on staff with FamilyLife working on the digital content and video teams.

Ministerial Philosophy

my family is my #1 ministry. after-all of what gain would it be if my ministry at church was flourishing, but my family hated my guts, or the church, or Christ?

Special Interests

anything apple, video production, and stuff from northpoint community church or the filmriot guys

Things I Dream Of

thanksgiving and christmas dinner with my kids grown up with families of their own and LOTS and LOTS of grandchildren!!

Deborah Lara

Family

i’ve been married to abraham lara since 1/2/99; we currently have six daughters- Anna (b. 9/28/00), Danielle (b. 2/26/02), Julia (b. 4/28/04), Rachel (b. 10/19/06), and Sarah and Naomi (b. 3/26/08).

Life Verse

Isaiah 40:30,31

“even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall. but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. they will soar on wings like eagles. they will run and not grow weary. they will walk and not be faint.”

What are you passionate about?

relationships:: with my God, with my husband, with my children, with my friends, with other Believers, and with potential Believers

Books I’m reading/recommend

Creating Community, by Andy Stanley and Bill Willits

Intimate Issues, by Lorraine PIntus and Linda Dillow

How I met my spouse

abraham introduced himself to me at Northwest College (now Northwest University) in the fall of 1996. but he wasn’t my spouse when i met him. we developed a strong friendship over the next couple of years, however, and we were married january 2, 1999 (because we just couldn’t live without each other :o)).

Few People Know About Me

i spent a year in texas as an intern with teen mania ministries and served as the purchasing secretary. oh, and i want to be a ballerina.

What makes you cry?

hallmark card commercials make me cry; they make my husband cry, too. so whenever we see them we look at each other and we both have tears streaming down our faces and we both bust up laughing.

Strengths

i’m creative and fun! i’m a great team player! i make my husband look good.

Education

i graduated with an A.A. from Northwest College in december, 1999.

Free time

what the heck is that? any free time is spent doing dishes or folding laundry; i like serving the Lord, play volleyball, hiking…. my favorite color is light tan and my favorite animal is poopies.

Ministry Experience

i’ve gone on many mission trips (to albania, russia, hungary, alaska, and new zealand) and participated in drama ministry; i’ve been involved with the drama ministry at every church i’ve attended for any length of time; i’ve been a pastor’s wife since january, 2003. we are currently transitioning to joining the staff of FamilyLife.

A Perfect Day

any day that i wake up and God is still in control is perfect and i am happy. God is so good and He makes every day an adventure (and i like adventure).

Special Interests

i enjoy having deep conversations with people (even phone solicitors) about life and God.

Things I Dream Of

being a movie star