The Crabb Family
Bio by The 700 Club
Gerald Crabb spent half his childhood on the streets of Louisville
in the ghetto and the other half in Horse Branch, Ky. (population
300). He lived in poverty with an alcoholic father. Gerald changed
schools eight to 10 times in six years, not counting all the moves
that he was never enrolled in school. “Every time we would
get three to four months behind on the rent, we would move back
to Horse Branch and stay with my grandma,” says Gerald.
When his parents divorced, he and his four sisters watched their
already dysfunctional family become more dysfunctional. Gerald
dropped out of school in 8th grade, yet he had a surprising ability
to “coin a phrase” and sing a melody. Even so, poverty
and hopelessness seemed Gerald’s fate.
Gerald married at age 18, and by the age of 24, he was divorced
with four school-age children. No money, no skills, and a bleak
future, Gerald followed in his father’s footsteps and turned
to alcohol. In the midst of his serious alcohol problem, Gerald
met Kathy, who was a divorced mother of two, and she began to
redirect his goals. She began to tell him how God had blessed
him with an abundance of talent. One year later they married.
Gerald got radically saved and God delivered him from alcohol.
All six kids (three boys and three girls) began to sing their
dad’s music and doors began to open. Five of the children
sing; Krystal runs the family office.
Dreams Come True
From a storefront church to living in a church because that was
all they could afford, to an annual concert audience of 800,000,
the award-winning Crabb Family has broken through musical genre
barriers to reach people from all walks of life with the message
of the Gospel. Their lives are a living testimony of how God can
take desperate circumstances and use them for His glory. Since
stepping out into a full-time ministry nearly 10 years ago, a
divine calling from God to reach the lost and mountain-moving
faith have been the keys to their family’s success.
Gerald and Kathy retired from the road two years ago, but their
children continue to minister all over the country. They have
a heart and passion for carrying the Gospel to the world through
their music and testimony. “It’s unbelievable to work
with kids with so much passion and commitment that shows through
in their songs and their daily life,” says Gerald. The couple
is very involved in their children’s ministry, and Gerald
continues to write some of the most powerful songs ever recorded.
Kathy uses her insight and business skills to keep the ministry
stable and innovative. “The sky is the limit when we allow
Christ to be the center of our lives,” says Gerald.
Even with their swift success and doors that persistently open,
the Crabb Family maintains their devotion to the calling and purpose
on which their ministry was founded. They are not hindered by
opinion or manmade limitations, but are eager to face any trial
that comes their way. God has honored their obedience and willingness
with open doors beyond belief. “A tough life makes for a
great song; a tough life that became blessed as a result of faith
in Jesus Christ… makes for many songs of hope and encouragement.
This is Gerald Crabb and the Crabb Family.”
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