Portland, Oregon – July 11, 2022 – Guidelight today announced that Larry Gadbaugh has been chosen to serve as its new executive director.
Larry assumes leadership of the organization, formerly known as The Elisha Foundation, to further its mission of providing biblical hope and practical help to families impacted by disability. Prior to Guidelight, Larry served as Chief Executive Officer of First Image of Portland for more than two decades, an organization that supports parents through unplanned pregnancies. In his new role, Larry will give vision and leadership to help Guidelight mobilize others to join in its mission.
“Every person conceived is made in the image of God,” says Gadbaugh. “Awakening the compassion of the church and the community to this conviction can ignite us to better love our neighbors with the love God has poured out for us in Jesus Christ. I am excited to join the Guidelight team in serving families and churches, and mobilizing others in this mission.”
Having been a believer since his youth, Larry went on to serve on the pastoral ministry staff for over 15 years at Grace Community Church in Gresham, Oregon. Guidelight was particularly drawn to Larry on account of his commitment to the dignity of every human life, keen understanding of local churches, and exemplary record as an organizational leader.
Justin Reimer, founder and President of Guidelight, looks forward to continued growth in the reach and impact of the ministry. “I am thrilled to see Larry be selected for this position,” says Reimer, who along with his wife Tamara started and named the organization in honor of their son, Elisha. “Larry brings a depth of experience and leadership that is pivotal for the growth and reach of Guidelight. Larry is a man of integrity and clear biblical conviction, which are indispensable attributes the Board of Directors was looking for. I’m excited to learn from him and work alongside him.”
James Dirksen, a Guidelight board member who assisted with the search process adds, “It became clear that Larry possessed a unique mix of gifts and experience that are a perfect fit as Guidelight looks to grow in its next stage of organizational development.”
Larry and his wife Diane have been married for 45 years and make their home in northern Oregon. They have 5 adult children and one granddaughter and two grandsons. He began his services as executive director on July 1 of this year.
Guidelight helps families and churches navigate childhood disability. We serve at home and abroad, which gives us an understanding of the global impact of disability and helps us make meaningful difference in the lives of those affected. Everyone needs a loving and safe environment in which to grow and develop. Through retreats and training, Guidelight exists to strengthen the caretakers of those with disability and equips the church to do the same.
For more information, please visit our website at theguidelight.org.