Larry Burtoft has been married to his wife, Lotus, for 49 years, and together they raised three sons. Those sons are married and raising another six sons and one granddaughter. Both Larry & Lotus were born in Southern California, moving to Colorado Springs, CO in 1993, where they now reside.
Having graduated from Biola University and Talbot Theological Seminary, in 1983 he received his doctorate from the University of Southern California, where Dallas Willard served as one of his dissertation advisors. He has ministered as a pastor in multiple churches and taught in various academic settings, including Azusa Pacific University, Fuller Theological Seminary and Denver Seminary.
Larry was the pastor of Valley Vista Christian Community in Van Nuys, CA, where Dallas came to deliver the series of talks that became Life Without Lack (2018), which Larry co-edited with Dallas’ daughter, Becky Willard Heatley.
Now retired, Larry is dabbling in art, working his way through Dallas’ The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge, and involved in leadership and teaching at his church.