The Words of the Krishnek Family

About District 10 Pastor Larry Krishnek

January 2013

Larry Krishnek was born in Bellingham, Washington on May 17, 1948 as the second son in a family of five boys and one girl. His father is a second-generation Ukrainian and his mother has Welsh and English ancestry. He joined the church on May 23, 1973 in Boise, Idaho after he had completed his first year of a two-year horticulture program at Boise State College. He says that the Divine Principle provided the "why" for everything he had been observing about procreation in the greenhouses at school.

After four months of transformation in his small Boise church community, he was sent to New York to attend a 40- day pastorship training program. The following yew; he participated in a World Day fundraising competition that lasted for 10 years, during which he was a MFT captain.

He was Blessed in marriage to Akemi Kaneda at Madison Square Garden in 1982. In 1984, he joined the IOWC in the New York City area and remained in New York, witnessing in Brooklyn and Long Island. In 1988 his family returned to their home state of Washington.

Following two years of church work in Seattle, he enrolled in UTS and graduated in 1993. He was assigned as CARP leader in Seattle and continued to work with CARP until 2005. In 2006, he was asked to serve as the District Pastor for District 10 and was re-elected in 2012. Along the way, he and his wife had four children, one grandson. and currently have another grandchild on the way.

Question: What are your reflections on the inauguration ceremony?

Although the foot-washing ceremony had a lot of significance for me, I was most moved by the deeply felt appreciation expressed to our outgoing District Pastors. Bruce Grodner was recognized for his "heart," Randy Francis for his "integrity" and Tom Cutts for being a man of "the word." Rather than a generic "Thanks for your service," they received much-deserved and carefully considered words, etched in crystal.

Question: What nicknames did you have growing up, and why?

My family provided me two nicknames that were used situationally: "Last- minute Larry" and "Lippy Larry" -- as in "Don't give me your lip!" I think the "Last-minute Larry" tag had something to do with my attitude toward school and homework.

Question: If you had a million dollars, what would you do?

A million dollars isn't that much in the big scheme of things, but it could do a lot to help people at critical moments of need. I would love to have the cash to help people at that moment in their lives.

Question: If you could travel back in time, who would you meet and why?

True Father tells us that spirit world is like time travel. There are so many people I would like to meet and places to see and a lifespan on earth isn't enough. I would like to meet Meriwether Lewis and William Clark of the famous "Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition." They had to be incredibly innovative to accomplish what they did while facing so many trials and life-threatening situations. It is practically inconceivable that only one man died at the end of their two-year journey -- not from accident or any trauma, but from appendicitis!

Question: If you didn't have to sleep what would you do during the time you'd normally spend sleeping?

What would I do if I didn't have to sleep? The right answer is to spend that time working toward perfecting myself in heart and witnessing and educating people in God's truth. But, if we're talking about a perfect world, then I would be traveling, exploring, reading and experiencing new things.

Question: If you could be a superhero, which superhero would you be? How would you use those powers?

Spiderman has always been my favorite. I used to play at being Spiderman with my cousin on his family farm in Lynden, Washington. Spidey is a regular guy with real problems and some really cool capabilities. We would attempt to duplicate his amazing feats. What we lacked in spider power was supplanted by our imaginations. The cedar forest surrounding the family home became a metropolis that we could swing through while fighting crime and dazzling the citizens.

At my present stage in life, I have a new super hero: Geriatric Man! He can jump out of bed without groaning. He can remember the names of most of his children without help from his wife. He can endure the wait to the next rest area on the interstate without squirming!

Question: Do you have any phobias? If so, what are they?

Given my love of Spiderman, it's strange that I really don't like high places. Next to suffocation, zombies, large spiders and high places scare me most.

Question: What is an exotic dish that you've never eaten but would like to?

I am very cautious of exotic foods. I am aware that in many cultures there are things that people like to eat that I would spray with Lysol. That is not an indictment on the food or the people who like it. I'm the problem. I recall visiting Japan and being served a wonderfully prepared, beautifully presented and very high quality meal in a prestigious restaurant. The only thing I could recognize was the rice and that was the only thing that I ate. I'm sure those people still hate me and I did a lot to contribute to the Japanese belief that westerners are barbarians.

District 10 Council Members

David Burgess
Mike Fens
Jai Nan Fiala
Mike Lancey
Tows Lee
Richard Stumpf
Eric Sylte
David Woffenberger 

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