Remembering Larry Burkett
- Thursday, July 10, 2003
Moore will miss Burkett's "tremendous" sense of humor. He'll also miss not being able to go to Burkett for advice - "almost fatherly advice that was a great blessing in all of our lives."
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In addition to being a co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries, Burkett was instrumental in the founding of other key Christian organizations, including the Alliance Defense Fund, Fellowship of Companies for Christ, and the National Christian Foundation.
As a cancer survivor, Burkett also was a pioneer in the area of alternative cancer treatments and influenced the Georgia legislature to pass a bill providing access to alternative treatments for terminally ill patients.
Burkett was born in Winter Park, Florida on March 3rd, 1939, the fifth of eight children. After completing high school in Winter Garden, Florida, he entered the U.S. Air Force where he served in the Strategic Air Command.
Upon completion of his military duties, he and his wife Judy returned to central Florida, where he worked in the space program at Cape Canaveral, Florida. He spent the next several years at the space center in charge of an experiments test facility that served the Mercury-, Gemini-, and Apollo-manned space programs. While working at the space center, Larry earned degrees in marketing and finance at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.
Burkett left the space center in 1970 to become vice president of an electronics manufacturing firm. In 1971 Larry put his trust and faith in Jesus Christ to guide his life-an event that had a profound effect. Two years later he left the electronics company to join the staff of a nonprofit ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, as a financial counselor. 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 around the country.
In 1976 Burkett left the campus ministry to form Christian Financial Concepts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the biblical principles of handling money. In September 2000, CFC merged with Crown Ministries, creating a new organization, Crown Financial Ministries. Burkett served as chairman of the board of directors.
Burkett was a resident of Gainesville, Georgia, where the headquarters of Crown Financial Ministries is located. He is survived by his wife Judy, four grown children, and nine grandchildren.
Judy has asked that memorial gifts be given to Crown Financial Ministries in lieu of flowers.
Dr. Burkett's Memorial Service will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at The Church of the Apostles on Friday, July 11th at 1:00 pm. Guests and media will be welcome.
The Church of the Apostles
3585 Northside Parkway, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
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