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The Crownover Family
with (clockwise) his wife Kathy, daughter Suzanna,
Stewart, and daughter Elizabeth.
Welcome to the classes I teach at Urshan Graduate School of Theology. It is
a privilege to be a part of the UGST family. I served on the planning committee
that launched UGST and have been a member of the faculty since its inception. I
believe strongly in the mission and goals of the seminary and hope that these
classes will help meet those goals in your life.
| Prof. Crownover teaching while in the Phillipines|
I am third generation Oneness Pentecostal. My mother's mother, Virgie Petty,
was an evangelist who held revivals throughout the Midwest.
She led many people to Christ, including my dad, Lowell F. Crownover. She and my dad team-preached revivals for several years, until he married her
daughter, Velma. My family were founding members of the Pentecostal Church of University City (now New Life Center of Bridgeton, MO). My dad served as Assistant
Pastor under Rev. Guy E. Roam until becoming a full-time evangelist and then a
pastor. He pastored in Missouri
for about fifty-five years.
I received the Holy Ghost at the age of 13 and received the call to preach
shortly thereafter. I began teaching Sunday school when I was just 14, and have
been busy in His Kingdom ever since. God prepared the way so that I could
become the first person in my family to graduate from high school. He also
arranged for a full scholarship so that I could attend the University of Missouri.
My wife, Kathy, is also a preacher's kid. We met when our dads both attended
a Bible conference in Wisconsin.
We were married August 19, 1978, one week after I graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in history and
education. The next January, I enrolled as a student at Gateway College of
Evangelism and shortly after that, I became assistant pastor for my dad.
From St. Louis, I went to Pensacola Theological Seminary,
a division of Pensacola
While at Pensacola,
I was greatly influenced by the scholarship, humility, love of God, and love of
the Word exhibited by Dr. Robert L. Hughes, one of the translators of the New
King James Bible.
Less than one semester short of graduating from seminary, I was called back
to St. Louis to
become a teacher at Gateway College of Evangelism and Associate Pastor of
Calvary Tabernacle of Overland.
While at Gateway, God blessed our home with two wonderful daughters, Suzanna
and Elizabeth. Shortly after Elizabeth's birth,
we moved to Columbia, Missouri where I served as Assistant Pastor
to Rev. Robert Bentley. While in Columbia
I finished an M.Ed. in Educational Administration (superintendent's track) and
Community Education. I also taught at the Christian school and the university
while earning my doctorate. While in Columbia,
my dad went to be with the Lord and two weeks later, Kathy's dad joined him. My
mother-in-law moved in with us and continues to live in our home.
Those were super-busy years. When I look back on them, I do not know how I
was able to fulfill all my responsibilities. Besides my duties to the church
and the courses I taught, I was a lab technician for the microcomputer lab, a
statistical consultant for the School
of Education, a special assistant to
the Chancellor of the University
of Missouri system, a
researcher and programmer with the Artificial Intelligence Research Group, and
I operated my own educational software design company.
Shortly after earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Adult Education, I
became an Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Missouri.
While there I received a call from Dr. Dan Segraves requesting that I consider
coming to Stockton, California to teach at Christian Life College .
While in Stockton
I served as Director of Distance Learning, and then Academic Dean. I was also
called to pastor the Upper Room which began as a sister work of the Korean Baptist
Church and a daughter work of Christian Life
Center and eventually became a United Pentecostal
Church. For a while, I
thought I was the only UPCI preacher to pastor a Southern Baptist Church, but
then I found out there were two of us in that unique situation.
Bro. Crownover with his brother, Jerry and sister, Carolyn.
I am thankful to God that my daughters received a Christian education from
pre-school through graduation. They both received the Holy Ghost as young
girls, and have been a true joy for their mother and me. Suzanna attended Stockton Christian Life
College and they both
attended Gateway College of Evangelism. Elizabeth
now attends the University
of Phoenix online and
lives with us. Suzanna
recently married Matthew Rudder (June 10, 2006). Matthew brought to
the marriage a daughter, Madeline,
our first grandchild! The Rudders live in St. Charles, Missouri,
so I get to see them often.
The Crownovers and Rudders attend Bethel
in St. Peters, Missouri where Rev. Jonathan Urshan is the
I am never quite as happy and alive as when God is using me to teach or
preach His word. Thank you and thank UGST for providing an outlet for this ministry.