Larry Biography

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Larry Dubin is a first-generation Jewish follower of the Holy One of Israel, Yeshua (Jesus; Isa 43:1-3). His paternal and maternal grandparents were immigrants from the Russian Pale of Settlement (Western Russia) to the United States, entering America through Ellis Island during World War I.

Reared in an Orthodox-Conservative Jewish family from Pueblo, Colorado, Larry walked away from his “father’s religion” prior to his bar mitzvah (“son of the commandment”) at twelve years of age.  As a young child, Larry was instructed by his mother that the Jewish people were G-d’s Chosen People. His father believed that his son would be “okay” before G-d if he recited some special words from the Hebrew Scriptures at his bar mitzvah. When Larry became aware of the Holocaust, he in turn rejected Judaism and decided that he was going to live without G-d, the Hebrew Scriptures, or the Jewish community and its ceremonies.

After graduating from high school, Larry enlisted in the United States Navy. He earned a four-year scholarship, graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1989, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy Supply Corps. After serving on the USS DETROIT (AOE-4) and being active in “Operation Desert Storm,” Larry received “orders” to attend submarine school. Upon graduation from submarine school, he was assigned to the USS LOS ANGELES (SSN-688) as the only non-nuclear trained officer. 

During his tour on the USS LOS ANGELES (1991-1994), Larry observed the character of one of his commanding officers. As a sailor, this man was noticeably different from the rest of the naval officers. Provoked to jealousy upon learning this man was a believer in Jesus (Rom 11:11), Larry too came to believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. He felt led to resign his commission as a naval officer in 1997 and later earned a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

In 1999, Larry began his vocation in Jewish missions. For twenty-one years, Larry was on staff with Jews for Jesus, and served in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, South Florida, England, and Israel. That same year, Larry met Debby, who also worked with Jews for Jesus. In November 2000, they were married and have been happily serving together as a team ever since.
When Jews for Jesus closed its South Florida branch in December 2019, Larry and Deb were offered the opportunity to continue serving the Lord with CJF Ministries (San Antonio, TX), commencing in February 2020. The Dubins reach out to Jewish and Gentile people alike to share the Good News through one-on-one visitation, discipleship, meet-up groups, and acts of service in caring for the local community.

In February 2022, Larry was diagnosed with cancer (chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL). During the two-month window of “watching and waiting” before treatment commenced, he became aware of another incredible mission field—that is, people diagnosed with cancer and more specifically, CLL. This has led to many opportunities to reach out and connect with those afflicted with this illness and introduce them to the Shalom, Hope, and Faith that is available through the Jewish Messiah, Jesus.