Living in the Larger Story: The Christian Psychology of Larry Crabb May 16-17, 2019 Mabee Theater

The Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology and Counseling announces a conference to be held at Houston Baptist University

Dr. Larry Crabb may be the most influential leader in Christian counseling during the past 50 years. He published his first article in Christianity Today in 1971. Since then, he has written 26 books, from “Basic Principles of Biblical Counseling,” published in 1975, to the most recent, “When God’s Ways Make No Sense,” published in 2018. The purpose of this conference will be to celebrate his amazing ministry through a consideration of his contributions to Christian counseling and the evangelical church by hearing from friends, colleagues, leaders in the field, former students and mentees, as well as Larry himself.

The conference will open with an evening session on Thursday, May 16, featuring Gary Moon. On Friday, we’ll hear from Russ Kosits, Mimi Dixon, Ed Welch, and Siang-Yang Tan, in addition to Larry Crabb.

Crabb’s influence as a teacher, writer, mentor and friend is broad. He has not been afraid to ask hard questions about what constitutes a biblically faithful approach to soul care. Please join us as we think together about Crabb’s impact upon Christian Psychology.

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Thursday, May 16
7 p.m. Welcome by Eric Johnson and Jason Kanz
7:15 p.m. Gary Moon         Singing Your Own Songs in Harmony with Voices from the Past

Friday, May 17
8:00 a.m. Eric Johnson       The Larger Story of Christian Psychology
8:30 a.m. Mimi Dixon       Becoming Great Heart
9:30 a.m. Q & A with Larry Crabb and Jason Kanz
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Ed Welch  66 Love Letters
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Siang-Yang Tan Larry Crabb and The Larger Story: A Christian Psychology Perspective on Suffering and Christian Spiritual Formation
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Friends of Larry
3:30 p.m. Larry Crabb
4 p.m. Final remarks


Miriam “Mimi” Dixon, MDiv, DMin, has been the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Golden, Colorado since 1985. She is on the faculty and board of directors for The Renovare Institute.



Jason Kanz, PhD, is a neuropsychologist in clinical practice in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended Dr. Crabb’s School for Spiritual Direction and the Next Step School for Spiritual Direction in 2013. He co-authored and edited the tribute to Larry Crabb contained in the current issue of Christian Psychology. He now serves as the journal’s newly appointed book review editor.

Eric L. Johnson He is Professor of Christian Psychology at Houston Baptist University. He taught psychology for 10 years at University of Northwestern and Christian counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 17. He has published over 50 articles and two books: Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal and God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith. The founding director of the Society for Christian Psychology, he is currently the director of the Gideon Center.


Gary W. Moon, MDiv, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, and was the executive director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College from 2011 to 2018, and continues in leadership. He served as the founding director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation; and as a founding co-editor of the Conversations Journal (together with Larry Crabb and David Benner), and is the author of several books, including a recent biography of Dallas Willard.

Edward T. Welch, MDiv, PhD is a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation. He is a leader in the biblical counseling movement, speaks around the world, and has written many books for laypersons addressing issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety, shame, anger, relationships, and the role of the brain in psychospiritual problems.

Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan is Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale.  He is a licensed psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  He has published numerous articles and books, including  Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective, and Shepherding God’s People: A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry, Full Service, Coping with Depression (with John Ortberg), Rest, Disciplines of the Holy Spirit (with Douglas Gregg), and Lay Counseling (with Eric Scalise).


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