Adam Crabtree, Lead Pastor

Our leadership recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Adam’s Testimony

Adam was saved at the age of 14 while attending church camp in Miamisburg, OH and surrendered his life to full time missionary service three years later. During his freshman year of college, he answered the call to serve in Greece after hearing about the need and available opportunities. He enjoys playing golf, reading, spending time with his family, playing fantasy football, eating ethnic cuisine, and drinking a good cup of coffee. He holds a B.A. in Missions & Bible, a Th.M., and is pursuing a Th.D. You can email Adam at AdamNCrabtree@Gmail.com.

 

Brandie’s Testimony

Brandie was raised in the home of a pastor and has spent most of her life in full-time ministry. She was saved as a teenager in her hometown of Greeneville, TN. In the fall of 1997, Brandie surrendered her life to be involved in missionary work. She enjoys reading,  shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education. You can email Brandie at BrandieCrabtree@Gmail.com.

 

Adam and Brandie were married on August 5, 1999. Their oldest daughter Emily was born on December 17, 2004 and the twins, Adalyn & Abigail, were born on March 11, 2008. All three were born at IASO Hospital in Athens, Greece.

 

About Our Ministry

We are church-planting missionaries in New York City with a desire to fulfill God’s will by planting multiple churches in this great city. Please take a moment to read how we landed in NYC.

After graduating from college, we entered into the pre-field ministry of deputation. The purpose of this ministry is to minister to churches while raising the needed prayer and financial support to both live and minister in another country. It involves traveling to many churches and presenting the physical and spiritual needs of the country of service. We drove over 125,000 miles on deputation and we established partnerships with 75 churches. After completing pre-field ministry, we moved to Athens with a clear vision to start churches in Greece.

After 5 years of ministry, we lost our final appeal for residency with the Immigration Ministry in Athens. With a heavy heart, we were forced to leave Greece. Our term in Greece (2004-2009) was not fruitless. We started Piraeus Baptist Church, a culturally diverse church on the west side of Athens and installed a national pastor that we personally discipled and trained for the ministry. This exciting, vibrant, and strong church continually meets weekly for worship and has a heart to reach the Greek national and immigrant communities of Athens.

Leaving Greece was not our choice. After investing countless hours into learning the Greek culture and language, it became clear to us that the Lord was calling us to a place where we could CONTINUE the ministry that He called us to do many years ago. NYC has over 130,000 Greeks, making it the world’s largest Greek immigrant community.

The Lord has called us to plant multiple autonomous (self-supporting, self-governing, self-propagating), indigenous, independent Baptist churches in the unreached Greek communities of NYC that are equipped to reach every New Yorker, regardless of their native language and ethnicity.

Why do we want to start new churches?

Simply put, we love the local church.  We love seeing God change people’s lives and the local church is the primary means through which He has chosen to accomplish His mission.  We passionately desire to establish churches that introduce people to the power of the Gospel and that carefully helps them live lives that are consistent with it.  We love God and we love the church and there is nothing that we would rather give our lives to.

 

Why have you chosen NYC?

The five years we spent in Athens, Greece shaped our passion to see major metropolitan areas reached with the good news of Jesus Christ.  NYC is a melting pot of people from all over the world…many speaking different languages.  It is said that on a given day, business is done in 180 different languages.  If we are serious about reaching the world with the Gospel, then our focus must be this major metropolitan area and others like it (Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Toronto, Tokyo, Beijing, London, Paris, Johannesburg and many others).

After losing our final appeal for residency in Greece, we were forced to leave the country.  After investing countless hours into studying the Greek culture and language, it was clear to us that God was moving us to a place where we could CONTINUE the ministry that He called us to do many years ago.  The NYC metro area has over 130,000 Greeks, making it the world’s largest Greek immigrant community.

 

Wouldn’t it be easier to just minister in an already existing church?

The reality is that there are wonderful Gospel proclaiming churches in NYC and the metro area.  We consider the men and women that make up those churches brothers and sisters in Christ and we are thankful for the work that they are doing for the Lord.  As a result of their efforts, many people have come to know Christ and are growing in their walk with Him.

With that being said, there is still a great need for more churches.  The metro area has a population that exceeds 20,000,000 people.  There are 6,000 total places of worship that fall into the large “Christian” category (3,600 are Catholic and 2,400 are Protestant) that serve the total population.  If every New Yorker wanted to worship on a given Sunday, each church would have to find a place to seat 3,500 people.  Most churches have a seating capacity well under this number.  New churches are needed!

NYC is the home to 1.5 million Muslims, over 1,000 mosques, and to more than 1,000 Jewish synagogues.  There are more synagogues in NYC than there are in Jerusalem.  In the multi-ethnic neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, more churches are needed to serve the non-English speaking New Yorkers.  We passionately desire to see God change lives and we pray that He will use us as an instrument in that process.

 

 

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