Larry Burkett was born in Winter Park, Florida in 1939. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he and his wife, Judy, returned to central Florida, where he worked in the space program at Cape Canaveral 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 in Winter Park.
In 1972, Larry put his trust and faith in Jesus. In 1973, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ as a financial counselor. During his time there he began an intense study of the biblical teaching on money and led small groups around the country through that material. In 1976, Larry Burkett left CCC to form Christian Financial Concepts and in September 2000, CFC merged with Crown Ministries, creating Crown Financial Ministries.
Larry published more than 70 books, sales of which now exceed 11 million copies and include several national best-sellers. His titles include The Family Financial Workbook, Debt-Free Living, and The World’s Easiest Guide to Finances.
Larry is survived by his wife, Judy, four grown children, and nine grandchildren.