Honoring a Pioneer/Leader of the Regional Work |DR. R. CLIFFORD JONES

R. Clifford Jones

From their inception in 1944, Regional Conferences have been led by God-fearing men of steel and stamina, which is not surprising given the circumstances that led to the establishment of Regional Conferences, as well as their mission and ministry. Elder Fredrick N. Crowe was among the first leaders of Regional Conferences, serving with vision and devotion during a period of change and challenge.

A feisty, faithful servant-leader, Fred Crowe was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the first Regional Conference (Lake Region).   He was an eye-witness to history, and was instrumental in the purchase of the property in Cassopolis, Michigan, that became Camp Wagner. At the dedication of the Welcome Center at Camp Wagner named in his honor in 2016, Elder Crowe regaled us with stories of the journey that led to the procurement of the 200-acre property. He recounted how race played a significant role in the journey, and how doggedness, determination, and a firm belief that God was leading were the qualities that carried the day.

Elder Crowe embodied values we hold near and dear, values like hard work, honesty, and integrity. He was committed to service and the Seventh-day Adventist church, which he served with devotion and distinction during times of struggle and stress. He exuded a quiet strength and depth of character that is uncommon today, and was the epitome of balance and purpose. Ever willing to accept God’s word and eager to do God’s will, Elder Crowe served wherever the need was greatest and most acute. His was an unwavering commitment to the Regional work. Listening to him recount the struggles of people of color in the Seventh-day Adventist church was at once sobering and inspiring.

God blessed Fredrick N. Crowe with not three score and ten years, but five score and four.   He achieved that which few do. He became a centenarian, living beyond the 100-year mark. His faculties were fully functional until the end, his intellect keen and incisive.

Elder Crowe loved God, sought to be His child, and at 104 years was ready to lay down the burdens of this life and fall asleep in Jesus to await His call. In that great getting up morning, I’m sure that Elder Fred Crowe will fare well.

The Lake Region Conference was happy to name the Welcome Center at Camp Wagner in honor of Elder Fredrick N. Crowe.   His legacy is enshrined not only on the plaque beside the front door of the building but, more importantly, in our hearts.   Fredrick N. Crowe embodied the values that are core and central to us—word, worship, wholeness, and witness.

The funeral services for Elder Fredrick N. Crowe will take place on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at the Riverside Chapel SDA Church, 800 Youngs Lane, Nashville, Tennessee. The pre-past and viewing will run from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with the service proper beginnig at 7:00 p.m.

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them” (Rev. 14:13).

R. Clifford Jones