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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 Veteran's 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.

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as a chaplain, contact our endorsing agent by filling out the form, or you may complete the application online. For information about the specific beliefs and roles of GCI Chaplains, please refer to GCI Chaplain Guidelines.

We ask for a donation of $100 to accompany your application to defray the costs of a required background check.

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Chaplain Endorsing Agent

CH(COL) Ron Crews, USAR Retired
CH(COL) Ron Crews, USAR Retired

CH(COL) Ron Crews, USAR Retired

Dr. Ron Crews serves as the Endorsing Agent for Grace Churches International (GCI), a ministry of mPACT Churches. 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.

Chaplain Crews recently retired from being Executive Director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CALL), an organization of chaplain endorsers he helped to found. CALL was instrumental in writing the religious liberty protections passed in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

His prior civilian ministry includes serving 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 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 from1993 through 1998.

His military ministry includes serving on active duty as a Battalion Chaplain in the 82nd Airborne Division. He later served in the Georgia Army National Guard and the Massachusetts Army National Guard where he was appointed the Joint Forces Chaplain for the state.

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 Gainesville, GA, and have four children and five grandchildren – so far.