Scott & Hanne Larson
TCC Background: Scott & Hanne have been TCC supported missionaries since 1991. Scott and Hanne Larsen co-founded Straight Ahead Ministries in 1987, a national organization focused on reaching juvenile offenders in more than 350 juvenile detention centers in 16 states and in 5 countries. Dr. Larsen has authored ten books on working extensively with youth, and travels as a speaker to youth, parents, teachers, social workers and youth workers.
What is your ministry?
Straight Ahead Ministries
What is your role in that ministry?
Founder and president
What religious groups do you serve?
We serve a mixture of religious and non-religious groups.
What age groups do you serve?
Teens (12 – 21 years of age.)
What is the country and location of your ministry?
Worcester, MA, USA
What is the geographic area you serve?
Describe your current ministry
Scott and Hanne Larson founded and direct Straight-Ahead Ministries, which runs Bible studies in more than 350 juvenile jails throughout 16 states and in 5 countries, and works with youth when they are released back into their home communities. They also develop training and materials for others working with juvenile offenders and at-risk youth. Each week in 14 states across America, volunteers trained by Straight Ahead Ministries staff hold more than 350 weekly
Bible discussion groups in locked juvenile facilities. We also hold PROMISE Discussion Groups which are based on “Living a Life of PROMISE”, a recovery discussion guide that coordinates the biblical principles of traditional 12-Step programs and Christian character development. We also develop training and materials for others working with juvenile offenders and at-risk youth.
Tell us one brief story of how God is working in peoples’ lives through your ministry.
In September we pulled together 12 national leaders in juvenile justice ministries to meet as an advisory council. In Philadelphia to strategize about how we could reach every juvenile detention facility in the U.S. We came up with a list of 50 ministries and denominations we were connected to who we could invite to partner with us in this effort. We have located 1,130 facilities – 80% of which don’t have any Christian ministry occurring. We will officially launch the initiative in the spring.
List specific goals you had for the past year and describe the degree to which they were reached.
- To launch the “Every Youth. Every Facility” Initiative. We have entered a strategic partnership with several other ministries to work together to have ministry in all 1,400 juvenile facilities across the US.
- Launched 3 new cities in New England for community-based re-entry.
- Established juvenile justice ministry concentrations at Eastern University in Philadelphia, in addition to Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where we now have it.
- Establish a strong partnership with Boston University’s one year “Non-Profit Leadership Certificate” program for training of key staff. In September two of our staff are going through the once/week program. We put our first two staff through it last year, and have two more going through it this year.
Please update your children’s (thru High School) activities, school/college plans, ages (birthdates), etc.
Sarah Larson, 22, 10/30/94 – hobbies are reading, singing, working with kids. Graduated in May 2017 from North Park University in Chicago and is now registered nurse in Chicago and eventually hopes to do medical missions in India.
David Larson, 21, 2/24/96 – hobbies are music, cross cultural missions. Graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic Univ in Cross Cultural studies and is now a full-time missionary with Pioneers in Northern Africa among Muslims.