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The Rev. Peter D. Crouch
April 4, 2002, NEW YORK CITY - The Rev. Peter D. Crouch, an ordained minister and development officer with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, has been named Chief Development Officer for Church World Service. He will begin work in CWSs Elkhart, Ind., offices on April 15.
"I feel called to this position in two ways," he told the CWS Board of Directors, which confirmed the appointment at its regular spring meeting (March 19-20, Linthicum, Md.) "First, as a call from God to serve the ecumenical church and Church World Service in particular during this exciting time in its life.
"I also feel called by the people in need and hear their cries of pain, hunger and hopelessness," Crouch said. "One of my tasks will be to give voice and tell the stories of those in our world who are often without a voice or a vote, who nevertheless need our love and support."
Crouch was born in Bangkok, Thailand, the son of Presbyterian missionaries. After the family returned to the United States, his father, the Rev. Ted Crouch, served as a refugee resettlement officer in Central California under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Church World Service and the National Council of Churches. Crouch says that is when he first learned about Church World Service.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California (1984) and his Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary (1989), then worked for the seminary for three years as Associate Director of Development.
While serving the 600-member Newport Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Wash., as associate pastor from 1992-97, he was moderator of the first Endowment Fund Committee for the Alaska Northwest Synod, whose 638,000 square miles of territory extends from Alaska through Washington and into Idaho. He also chaired the Church Council of Greater Seattles development committee.
From 1997-2000, he served as Director of Development, Communications and Stewardship for the Presbytery of Chicago, where he developed a comprehensive development program and raised annual support by 14 percent. He secured $1.5 million annually from congregations for denominational mission support, planned gifts for presbytery endowment funds and capital gifts for congregations and the Presbyterian Camps at Saugatuck.
"This enabled Chicago Presbytery to be the second largest donor of mission dollars while having the fifth largest membership in the nation," Crouch said.
Since 2000, as a development officer for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, Crouch, of Naperville, Ill., has served as a planned giving and endowment fund consultant to four middle governing bodies (Presbyteries), 340 congregations and 65 Presbyterian-related institutions in Illinois.
Church World Service is a global humanitarian ministry of the 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member communions of the National Council of Churches. CWS has work in more than 80 countries around the world, including the United States.
In 2001 its $64 million expense budget included support for refugee resettlement and assistance, domestic hunger and development, disaster relief and recovery, self-help development assistance, education and work in support of justice, peacemaking and human rights.
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