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Larry Burkett (1939 – 2003)
Larry Burkett led a remarkable life. Best known as a radio personality, author of more 70 books and biblical financial expert, he is beloved to this day as a faithful steward.
Before forming Christian Financial Concepts (CFC), he served in the Strategic Air Command in the U.S. Air Force and worked in the space program at Cape Canaveral. While working at the Space Center he earned a degree in Marketing and Finance at Rollins College. In 1970, he left the Space Center to become Vice President of an electronics manufacturing firm. And in 1972, he gave his life to Christ changing the trajectory of his life forever.
In 1973, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, and it was during this time that he began an intense study of what the Bible says about handling money, and he started teaching small groups and seminars around the country.
Christian Financial Concepts (CFC), was born in 1976 as a ministry dedicated to teaching the biblical principles of handling money. In September 2000, CFC merged with Crown Ministries, creating a new organization, Crown Financial Ministries. Larry served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors until his passing.
Following a long and courageous battle with cancer and heart disease, Larry Burkett completed his journey of serving the Lord Jesus Christ on this earth. Having battled cancer and heart attacks for the past several years, God called Larry into His presence on July 4, 2003. He and his wife Judy lived in Gainesville, GA, and he is survived by 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
Among Larry’s many great accomplishments, including more 12 million book copies sold, induction into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame he also co-founded the Kingdom-minded organizations Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), National Christian Foundation (NCF), Kingdom Advisors and Fellowship of Companies for Christ (FCCI).
As a pioneer in the teaching of God’s financial principles as a specialized focus of ministry, his passion for equipping faithful stewards to carry out the Great Commission has had immeasurable effect on God’s Kingdom.
The ministry of Crown continues on with fondest memories of Larry and with profound thanks to the Lord for His work through Larry for so many years.
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25:23