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.
Soon after graduating from seminary, Dr. Crews joined the U.S. Army on active duty where he served as a Battalion Chaplain in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Dr. Crews received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stetson University, a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces National Guard Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Oversees Training Ribbon, Olympic Service Ribbon, Airborne Jump Wings, Massachusetts Meritorious Service Medal, Georgia Meritorious Service Medal, Georgia Commendation Medal, Georgia Humanitarian Service Medal, Georgia National Guard Service Medal, and the Georgia State Active Duty Ribbon (1 Star).
He and his wife Jonda live in Alexandria, VA, and have four children and five grandchildren – so far.