MMP029: A Conversation with Tarrant Baptist Association CFO, Gary Crowell

Welcome to Episode 29! This week’s conversation is with Gary Crowell.

Gary Crowell serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Tarrant Baptist Association (TBA), in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been part of the TBA team since 2002. He is passionate about keeping churches financially and legally sound. Gary facilitates numerous consultations, coaching sessions, and conferences each year.

Gary and his wife, Robbin, served with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) for nineteen years in Lima, Peru. He served as business manager, treasurer, and legal representative for the Peru Baptist Mission. He was also involved in church starting and ministry to university students and professionals.

Gary began his financial management career in the oil and gas industry in Houston, Texas, and was the owner of a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) practice. His unique blend of business experience and more than three decades of hands-on ministry leadership give him a unique perspective as he relates to professionals in all walks of life.

Gary’s lives on mission by investing in others to enrich their walk with God.

THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: The Antioch Project

The Antioch Project is a 5 year, ministry leadership training program developed by the 17:6 Network for men and women who feel called to full-time vocational ministry.  It provides participants hands on training and leadership skills development in a peer cohort under coaching.  Students can also earn a Masters of Divinity degree if they join the Antioch Immerse specialty track.

Links Mentioned:

Lighting Round Notes:

  • Books:
  • Quotes:
    • “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
  • Gary’s advice to his 23 year old self:
    • If you think God is leading, don’t turn a blind eye or deaf ear.
    • Minimize debt.
    • Listen more and talk less.
    • Listen to people’s life story.

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Join me next week for Episode 30, a conversation with Anja Geilert, the founder and director of Connexxion Bonn in Bonn, Germany.


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