In Remembrance of David Powlison

The Westminster community mourns the loss of Dr. David Powlison, executive director of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF). David Powlison passed away on June 7, 2019. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November, 2018. You can read more about David’s diagnosis and he and his wife Nan’s experience during the past year here.

In addition to his role at CCEF, David Powlison served as senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He was an adjunct professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary for 19 years, and wrote numerous books, including How Does Sanctification Work?, Seeing with New Eyes, Good & Angry, and God’s Grace in your Suffering, among others. Most of all, he was dedicated to helping people change through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

On behalf of Westminster, Dr. Peter Lillback said “Through the years I have often asked our students and alumni about the pivotal moments of their studies at Westminster Theological Seminary. High on the list of frequent answers was Dr. Powlison’s class on ‘The Dynamics of Biblical Change.’ Students have told me repeatedly, ‘That course changed my life.’ We thank God for the gift of Dr. Powlison who has left such a permanent impact on so many, including Westminster Theological Seminary.”

Please join us in thanking our Lord for the life and ministry of Dr. David Powlison, and in praying that the Lord will comfort the Powlison family with his goodness and faithfulness.

On May 23, 2019, David Powlison was invited to give the closing comments at Westminster’s graduation ceremony, where he received an honorary doctorate. Although he was unable to attend, CCEF’s dean of faculty, Mike Emlet read some remarks on David Powlison’s behalf. You can view a recording of those comments, and read a transcript here.

You can read a biography and remembrance of David Powlison here.