Larry was born in 1936 and Helen in 1939. They were married in in Houston, Texas, 1955. Larry had various jobs after High School and a short term at Abilene Christian College. He was self-employed in the used car business for seven years and Helen was a homemaker. In 1966 he took his wife and two daughters to Lubbock, Texas and studied two years (144 semester hours of Bible) at the Sunset Preaching School, now Sunset International Bible Institute.