Crabb was a psychology professor for “many years” and then entered private practice. That was when something happened that he was not prepared for: “I was being transformed from a psychologist who happened to be a Christian into a Christian who happened to be a psychologist.” He gained “a new vision of counseling, one that relied on something larger than you and me.”
Crabb began to rely on the gospel instead of relying on a model that framed himself, the counselor, as the expert. “Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can change lives,” he said. “The solution to our relational poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things into right relationship again. The life of Christ is meant to be shared, poured from one to another, in the context of relationships, first with Him, then with each other.”
Dr. Larry Crabb leaves behind his wife, Rachael, his sons, Kep and Ken, and five grandchildren. Larger Story said, “Rachael, Kep, Ken and the family are grieving together and want you to know that they are well.”
CCU says it will hold an on-campus memorial for Crabb at some point after Easter. Crabb’s family is planning two memorial services to be held mid-April, one in Charlotte, N.C., and another in Denver, Colo. The services will be livestreamed here.