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Compassionate Outreach Ministries

Our Late Founder and Bishop  

Larry J. Dennison

The Late Bishop Larry J. Dennison has been preaching the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ since 1978.  He founded Compassionate Outreach Ministries in June 1985 and has served as pastor since that time. Bishop Dennison proudly acknowledges that he is a “PK” (preacher’s kid), and the seventh child born in the union of the late Rev. Curtis L. Dennison and the late Mrs. Virginia Gloster Dennison.

Bishop Dennison married his illustrious wife, First Lady Margaret Dennison on February 4th, 1978. Together they shared two beautiful children, Shawndria and Jonathan and a grandaughter, Jada.

The Late Bishop Dennison made his transition from this earthly realm on April 2, 2018. 

He is remembered by many for his dedication to God, his family, Compassionate Outreach Ministries, and the people.

His legacy continues to live through his wife, Pastor Shepherd Mother Margaret Dennison and the many lives he has touched with the compassionate and love of God. 

Bishop Dennison was a great teacher and example of  how God wants a man to be the head of his family, a leader, and provider.  He received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Ministry.  He was a Certified Pastoral Addiction Counselor, a Licensed Christian Marriage & Family Therapist, and a registered Pre-Marital Preparation Course Provider.    

Bishop Dennison’s preaching, teaching, and leadership went beyond the pulpit platform or the conventional four walls of the church as he brought a message of service and outreach to those who were in need of guidance and spiritual intervention in their lives.  The Ministry provided support as he shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ in convalescent homes, prisons, parks, hospitals, street corners, private homes, on television including the TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), radio, internet, and to churches of diverse denominations. His preaching, teaching, counseling, love, and prayers brought deliverance to many.  In addition to his service as Bishop of  Compassionate Outreach Ministries, Bishop Dennison also oversaw several pastors and churches.

His Accolades & Accomplishments were extensive and included:

  • Member of the Alachua County Christian Pastor's Association
  • Voted Pastor of the Year
  • Recipient of the Pastor Appreciation Award
  • Inducted into the Florida Star Religious Hall of Fame
  • Featured in Gospel Today Magazine as one of "The Most Loved Pastors in The World"
  • Recognized for Outstanding Community Involvement by Delta Sigma Theta
  • Recipient of the Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Energizer Award
  • Nominee for the Spirit of Gainesville Award for Community Service
  • Graduate of the Gainesville Police Department’s First Annual Faith-Based Leadership Academy
  • Recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. “Drum Major for Justice” Award
  • Consecrated and ordained as a Bishop in the Lord’s church, in 2007
  • Elevated to the position of Jurisdictional Bishop for the State of Florida by C.L.U.R.T International and the College of Bishops in 2011
  • Author of "The Doctrine of Salvation,"  a book which provides a simple explanation of the greatest gift ever given to man - salvation. The book is available by contacting Compassionate Outreach Ministries.
Compassionate Outreach Ministries
320 SE 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32641
Phone: (352) 373-1888
Fax: (352) 335-9684

Mailing Address:
Compassionate Outreach Ministries
P.O. Box 143116
Gainesville, FL 32614

Multipurpose Facility:
1124 NE 3rd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

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