Pastor Larry Scharmann was born in Blanco, Texas and lived In Kendalia Texas in his early years. He and his family attended Kendalia Methodist Church. Pastor Larry said he remembers walking from Church barefoot and the hot gravel on the road burning his feet. He realized later that while the hot gravel was burning his feet, his heart was being set on fire for the Lord.
When Pastor Larry was about seven years old his family moved to New Braunfels, Texas. The family did not have a church home at the time, so as soon as Pastor Larry was old enough to drive he would visit churches of different denominations even if it meant going by himself.
Pastor Larry served his country in the U.S. Army from 1968 until 1971. His military service included serving in Vietnam as a Huey Helicopter Repairman, and later, as a Tank Operator/Commander at Ft Hood, Texas. He left active duty with the rank of Specialist 5th class.
Pastor Larry met Trish English in 1978 and joined the church she belonged to, Cokesbury United Methodist. Pastor Larry and Trish were married in that church in 1979 and both of their children, Keith and Kimberly, were baptized there.
In the summer of 1996, while working out in the pasture behind their home, Pastor Larry prayed for God's guidance about a dilemma he was facing. God answered that prayer by calling Pastor Larry into pastoral ministry. Not long after that, he began taking Seminary classes and was appointed as bi-vocational pastor of Christine United Methodist Church. Five years later, he was appointed as full time pastor of Oak Meadow Meadow United Methodist Church. He was ordained in 2007 and continued serving the Oak Meadow congregation until 2010.
In June of 2010, Pastor Larry became Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Pleasanton. He served the Pleasanton congregation for three years, before retiring from pastoral ministry in June of 2013 after 15 years in pastoral ministry.
After retiring, Pastor Larry served as guest preacher at various churches, including Northwest Assembly of God in San Antonio. However, he missed serving as pastor and began to pray that God would allow him to return to pastoral ministry. The prayer was answered one evening in late December, when he was asked to serve as Pastor of Yancey United Methodist Church. He feels blessed to serve such a wonderful and loving congregation and prays that God will allow him to serve Yancey UMC for many more years.
Pastor Larry believes in the power of prayer, and that God's grace is available to all who will receive it. He believes we were created to worship God, and serve others as Jesus taught us. He preaches biblically-based sermons that are applicable to our lives.