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Pastor Randy Blizzard, born and raised in Columbus, Georgia started preaching at the age of fifteen.  After graduating at age seventeen, he attended Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He married his childhood sweetheart, Karen Sheppard, and they have been married for over forty two years!  After Bible College, they returned to Georgia where he served for eighteen years on the Georgia District Youth Board for the United Pentecostal Church International; and founded a church in Juniper, Georgia.  In 1987, after nine years in the business world, Pastor Blizzard went back into full-time minisimage (1)try as Pastor of the First United Pentecostal Church of Augusta, Georgia.  There they served for seven years before being led by God to start Praise Tabernacle in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1994.  He taught for five years at Jackson College of Ministries; where he also served as the Chief Financial Officer.
 
 In addition to being Pastor of Praise Tabernacle, he currently serves as Presbyter of Section 5 of the SoCal District of the United Pentecostal Church International.  In furtherance of his “calling to help the hurting,” he and his wife operate the Christian Counseling Center of Las Vegas, Nevada.