Loran Livingston ('77)
son of a North Carolina railroad worker, Loran Livingston grew up in
Wadesboro, about 50 miles east of Charlotte. At the age of three his
family joined the small congregation of L. L. Reeder and became members
of the Church of God. It was at age of 7 that Loran first felt urgency
toward God, but not until the spring semester of his freshman year at
Lee, in 1971, did he have a conversion experience while sitting in the
basement of Medlin Hall. Two days later, on March 28, he accepted his
calling to be a minister.
In the summer of 1973 he married a
young woman that he first met at church youth camp, Sandra Weatherby,
the daughter of Rev. G. E. Weatherby. Soon after, the two left Lee to
accept a Youth Evangelism position and Loran finished his degree through
continuing education. Loran and Sandra spent their early ministry as
evangelists traveling the state of Ohio.
It was in Ohio one
evening in December of 1976 that Loran received a call from a group back
in Charlotte asking him to minster the next Sunday. He did, and when
that group called him every week for 3 months asking him to be their
pastor he finally relented. In April 1977 Loran became the pastor of
the newly formed 22-member Central Church.
later Central Church has 7300 members and is the largest North American
congregation in the Church of God. Loran can be heard each Sunday on
the international radio program Forward in Faith, and is a familiar
favorite in Lee University chapel. He has served on the Church of God
Executive Council and is currently serving as a member of the North
Carolina State Council. He and Sandra have four daughters and five
In 1991, Loran was named the Lee University Alumnus of the Year.