911 E. Urbandale Drive, Moberly, MO 65270 | 660-263-3900

Hometown: Unionville, Missouri

Crawford family

Years Attended CCCB: 1991-1996

Degree Earned: Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Theology     

What were your favorite classes and why?

I can’t remember any of my classes that I didn’t love at the time. If I had to pick a few of my favorites, I would say that my language classes (Greek & Hebrew) would be at the top of my list.  However, no list at Central would be complete without Acts class with Mr. Reese!

Who was your most influential teacher and why?

This is a really tough question.  It is kind of like asking who is your favorite basketball player of all time: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, or Magic Johnson.   How do you pick a favorite among names like Reese, Pelfrey, Walton, Pechawer, Koffarnus, Schantz, and Koutz?  I learned so much from each of them; I dare not pick a favorite…

What activities were you involved in as a student?

I was involved in EVERYTHING!  I have great memories of late night “Capture the Flag” games, summer camp teams, Chorale tours, and outreach teams.   I even think I ran a campus taxi service with my blue Chevy Corsica.

Tell us about your family (wife, kids, pets).

I have been married for 17 years to my amazing wife, Christy.  We have 2 kids, Kylee (12) and Gavin (9).  The most recent addition to our family was our first family pet, an adorable Maltese named Max.  After moves to Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Cincinnati, we now call Gallatin, TN home (for past 6 years).  Christy is a dedicated 6th Grade teacher at a local middle school in Sumner County.  Our kids are active in our local travel soccer club, which keeps us extremely busy.  We have had quite the journey over these past 17 years— 4 States, 7 cities, 8 moves, and 9 different houses, but there has never been a dull moment.

Current Ministry:

A little over 3 years ago, I joined forces with John Wirtz, a talented and acclaimed music engineer and producer who had just moved to the Nashville area to launch a small record label.  We set out to launch a company that serves the local church by providing a simple and turn-key platform to capture (record), archive, and distribute their sermons with no expensive equipment or the need for paid technology staff.  With that goal in mind, we launched SermonCapio (sermoncapio.com) in April 2016.

Key Ministry Responsibilities:

My main focus is sales and marketing, but in a start-up, you wear a lot of hats.  I handle everything from social media to basic accounting work.  It is really amazing to see how God prepares one in life for adventures that we never even thought possible.  All of my education, ministry experience, and my tenure in the business world are being put to use in this new venture.  The same can be said for my business partner.  We are both amazed how God is blessing this venture.

How have you changed since being at Central?

I have gotten much OLDER!  On a more serious note, the most significant and rewarding changes that I have incurred since being at Central would be becoming a husband and father.  Being a husband and father has its mountaintops and valleys, but it is my favorite thing in the world.  Christy and I have two really amazing kids. Seeing them grow up and have a love for God is the most rewarding thing in life.

What final message would you like to give to other alumni?

Never be afraid to walk through open doors!  You just never know where God wants to take you.  Also, there are times when God closes doors for you so that you can see the open doors that He has in store for you!

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