Chaplain Endorsing Agent
CH(COL) Ron Crews, USAR retired
Dr. Ron Crews serves as the Endorsing Agent for Grace Churches International (GCI), a network of churches in the Unites States as well as 61 other countries. He came to GCI after completing a tour of duty as a mobilized reserve chaplain serving as the Deputy Installation Chaplain for Programs at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This tour culminated a 28-year career as an Army chaplain on active duty and in the reserve component.
Before his mobilization Chaplain Crews served as President for the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to strengthening the family, a ministry in association with Focus on the Family Ministries. He also served as the Joint Forces Chaplain for the Massachusetts National Guard.
Prior to joining MFI, Dr. Crews served as senior pastor of New Covenant Community Church (Evangelical Presbyterian) in Chamblee, Georgia. During this period he also served as a State Representative in the Georgia General Assembly from 1993 through 1998. During his three terms, he was instrumental in sponsoring and passing a bill banning partial birth abortion, as well as a bill to defend traditional marriage. He was the chair of the Republican Welfare Reform Task Force and served as the ranking minority member of the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee. During this time he also served as a chaplain with the Georgia Army National Guard.
Endorsement of Mpact
mPact Churches is pleased to be a Department of Defense officially recognized endorsing agency for chaplains serving our armed forces and as hospital and Veterans Administration chaplains. We became an endorsing agency in December 2005 under the name Grace Churches International. We continue to use that name for endorsing purposes. We currently endorse chaplains serving in the Army, Air Force and Navy. One of our Navy chaplains serves a Marine unit.
To serve as a chaplain you must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree and a three-year seminary degree from an accredited institution. Each service also requires ministry experience as an ordained minister. You can also serve as a chaplain candidate while you are completing your seminary degree. More information about this program can be found on military recruiting webpages.