Connections: Aaron Crabb
Sept. 29, 2013
Seasons of Mercy
Aaron and Amanda Crabb appreciate the power of music. They’ve seen it usher thousands into the presence of God as worship leaders, and they’ve seen it calm their tiny daughter in an emergency room following a horrific accident.
A song can have tremendous impact on a single heart or culture at large. With their new album, Mercy, the couple unleashes a powerful collection of songs that both entertain and inspire.
Aaron first became known to gospel music audiences as a member of the groundbreaking Crabb Family, when the Kentucky native began performing with his siblings as a teen. The group became one of the most popular in Southern Gospel music.
Pentecostal Evangel Editor Ken Horn interviewed Aaron Crabb.
evangel: What do you miss most since the Crabb Family disbanded?
Aaron Crabb: We miss seeing our family on a regular basis. We have always been each other’s best friends, and not much has changed.
evangel: Where have your life and ministry taken you since 2007?
Crabb: Amanda and I knew that God would call us into ministry together at some point in life. We hit the road. We were speaking, singing, and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in any way possible.
In 2009 we had the opportunity to come and fill in as worship leaders at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. We never dreamed we would live in Texas, a place so far away from everything comfortable to us, but God had a plan. It felt like home from the first moment we walked onto the church stage.
Amanda and I just released our fourth duet project entitled Mercy, and we are watching the hand of God take it into venues we never dreamed possible.
evangel: How did the two of you meet?
Crabb: We met in the small town of Tollesboro, Ky. My family was singing at a church there. We were 19 when we met, and married at 21. We are going on 12 years married this October, and we are more in love today than ever ?before.
evangel: Tell us about the themes of your ministry together.
Crabb: Our ministry has always been about hope. It is our heart to see someone who has heard one of our testimonies be encouraged by how God saw us through a difficult situation and turned that situation around for His glory.
Amanda often shares her testimony of being broken, alone, hurt, and confused due to childhood abuse and how God met her in a supernatural way when she turned it over to Him. We share another testimony of how our 2-year-old daughter Eva fell 15 feet out of a second-story window and God had His hand on that entire situation … and turned it around! That daughter is now a beautiful 6-year-old spitfire who loves God with all her heart!
We share how life isn’t always fair to people, but when you put all hope and trust in God … nothing is impossible!
evangel: What’s the best part of being a worship leader?
Crabb: We love seeing the transformation of God’s presence reflect on the faces in the audience. The moment you begin to worship God, you see the worries of the week and the heaviness of the day transform into peace and joy. We have the best seat in the house as leaders to see God’s best work take place, and we count it an honor to do so.
evangel: What are your goals as a worship leader?
Crabb: Our goal is to be able to lead people to that place where God is. We want to elevate their attention to Him with no distractions by anything else going on in the service. He is so holy, and He deserves nothing less than everything we have to offer Him.
evangel: Tell us a little bit about your family life.
Crabb: We have three of the most amazing kids on the planet. None of them is lacking personality. Elijah (Eli) is 9 years old, Eva is 6, and Ean is 3. We are a normal family that loves to have fun. We swim, watch family-friendly movies, and go to the Lego store. We are parents who are determined to raise our next generation to fear the Lord in everything they do. Not fear what He will do to them, but to reverence God and His holiness. We love our family so much and pray every night that we get it right.
evangel: What are the components of your ministry?
Crabb: We travel and do some road dates as a duet and I perform along with Canton Junction.
Working at a church our ministry never ends. Amanda is heavily involved within our women’s ministry. We sing and speak at our youth ministries, we sing at the prayer services, and we also attend and sing at every event that happens on the campus of Cornerstone Church.
evangel: Tell us about your latest CD.
Crabb: We feel that Mercy is by far the best thing we’ve done as a duet. God blessed us with songs that we wrote, and He blessed us to receive some amazing songs by other writers. We were in a season of mercy — receiving mercy sometimes more than giving it, and learning every day that it is more of a blessing to give than to receive.
evangel: Anything else?
Crabb: We are humbled to be able to share our hearts with you, and we pray that you will be encouraged by something we have said or sung.
Know that God holds every detail in the palm of His hand. There is no need to worry or fret about the future, because He is already there. We have experienced that personally.