Gary’s ministry began in 1980 when he was only 23 years old. In December of that year, Gary felt directed to pioneer a church in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In 1982, Gary met and married his best friend, Connie Silver. Over the next six years, the church grew and expanded, reaching over twenty-three communities in the surrounding area. They also pioneered a second church in the area during that time.
In 1989, after taking a mission’s trip, Gary and Connie served as mission directors for a ministry in Haiti. They faithfully served in many different capacities, including hosting mission’s teams and establishing a Bible school and a local church.
From 1990 to 1992, Gary and Connie began traveling and ministering as itinerant ministers throughout the United States. In 1992, Gary and Connie accepted the position as Assistant RMAI Director for RHEMA Bible Training College USA. Over the next seven years, Gary served as an instructor and the Dean of RHEMA Bible Training College USA.
In 1999, Gary and Connie, again, felt the call of missions. They left their positions at RHEMA and traveled to Thailand. There they established RHEMA Bible Church Bangkok and RBTC Thailand. In 2001, they transitioned to Singapore, where they established RBTC Singapore.
In 2002, Gary and Connie returned to RHEMA USA, where they served as Associate Pastors of RHEMA Bible Church, Dean of RHEMA Bible Training College USA, and the International RBTC Director.
Once again, the Lord began to speak to Gary and Connie about missions. In February of 2007, they relocated to China. Gary and Connie spent the next ten years living in China, establishing both RBTC China and RBTC Hong Kong, training and equipping pastors and church leaders. The impact carries on today as Gary and Connie continue to work with the current China Directors, Rev. Amos, and Doris Wong, holding conferences and seminars with the registered church and house church pastors and leaders throughout the nation.
The Crowls continue to facilitate a translation project to make many of Kenneth E. Hagin’s books available in the Chinese language. To date, thirteen Faith Library Publications have been translated, and over 20,000 faith-building materials have been printed and distributed by GCIM.
In Gary Crowl’s own words:
“During the twelve years that Connie and I lived in China, and in times we’ve visited since, we’ve experienced many life-changing personal stories. One thing that consistently stands out in our minds is the extreme hunger and spiritual passion that the Chinese Christians exhibit. We continue to see a great hunger for God’s Word and a desire among the Chinese church leaders and pastors to grow and develop churches that meet the growing needs of the Chinese church.”
Throughout their years in ministry, Gary and Connie have ministered to future and current leaders in more than 29 countries worldwide. As God continues to send them and open doors, they are committed to continuing this ministry-focus on equipping and strengthening Christian leaders globally.
After more than 40 years of ministry, Gary and Connie’s heart and vision have not changed. They continue to raise-up Christian leaders wherever they go and help to encourage and strengthen local churches.