As an ordained minister, John has been ministering as a pastor; a district youth coordinator; a writer of a church health column for the Academy of Parish Clergy's Sharing the Practice: the Clergy Journal of the Academy of Parish Clergy and the Goldsboro District Newsletter; a helper with conference and district youth events; serving on the NC Conference health insurance committee; chairing the NC Conference committee on disability concerns; serving on the NC Conference board of diaconal ministry; teaching various district workshops; coordinating workers for a district Habitat for Humanity building project; and making presentations to Emmaus Walks. He and his wife of 31 years have two grown sons.
He is also a certified teacher of the free Family to Family course from NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). He served on the Board of Directors of NAMI-NC where he led them into making a church and mental health page and a page for those with a mental illness. He has been an advocate for those with a mental illness and their families.
John M. Crowe received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC in 1979. He received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky in 1983. In 2001, he also received his Doctor of Ministry from the same seminary. His experiences as a pastor and doctoral work in church health led him to developing this site.
He views building a healthy church as a journey based on the Bible, empowered by the Holy Spirit and grounded in the grace of God in Christ.