29 May 2023 |
Heather Crews, an associate director of the Ministerial Association of the North American Division (NAD) and an associate ministerial director for the Potomac Conference, has been appointed as the first female associate director of the NAD Evangelism Institute (NADEI). Tim Madding, director of NADEI, expressed excitement about Heather joining their team, noting that her experience will benefit students at the theological seminary and equip church leaders throughout the NAD for more effective ministry.
According to the NADEI Facebook post, Heather Crews accepted the invitation in June 2021 to support female clergy across the NAD as part of the ministerial department. Her role will involve serving as a pastor to pastors, assisting them in their own ministries so they can effectively serve where God has called them. Previously, she served as a pastor at the Courthouse Road Church in Richmond, Virginia, where she focused on community connections, evangelism, and supporting ministry leaders.
Heather’s journey into ministry began during her time studying pre-med at Union College when she felt a calling to ministry. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theology at Southwestern Adventist University and started her ministry as the associate pastor at the Cleburne church in Texas. She later obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University Theological Seminary and became the first female district pastor in the Texas Conference.
Heather’s ministry has been centered around lifestyle evangelism, worship, and Biblical spirituality. She has also conducted research on the spiritual practices of early Adventist pioneer leaders and completed her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2016, including authoring a resource book on creating a deeper relationship with God based on the pioneers’ examples.
Growing up in a family of pastors, Heather learned from an early age that Adventist faith is a mission adventure that involves disciple-making as a way of life. Alongside her ministry, she enjoys going on adventures with her family. Heather is married to Eric, a software engineer, and they have two children, Molly and Owen, who attend Richmond Academy.