An Appreciation: Andy Crowley

Christian Theological Seminary has a lost a long-time teacher, mentor, guide and beloved friend. On Thursday, June 27, Andy Crowley passed away after battling brain cancer for the last year and a half with his customary good humor and quiet courage. He will be mourned by seminary students, faculty and staff for his long years of service and unwavering dedication to the field education program and its participants.

Andy served as a Supervised Concurrent Field Education (SCOFE) supervisor and later consultant for three decades. In 2007-2008, Andy worked as Interim Associate Director of Field Education and, in 2012, as Interim Director of Field Education. He also worked as a Learning Consultant/Facilitator for the Clergy Peer Group – a study program funded by the Lilly Endowment that focused on clerical support and diversity.

Andy will be remembered for his love of students and his ability to draw out the best in everyone. He was a model of process and a skilled and caring mentor. In one of his last SCOFE Supervisor Year-End Self-Assessments, Andy expressed the way he still approached the work he had done for nearly thirty years: “I pay attention to treating members of my group equally, while still focusing on them as individuals. I think my strengths are being a good listener, having training and experience in group dynamics, and being sensitive to my group members as people.”

Karen Kelm, with whom he worked at SCOFE, would add one more trait to Andy’s description. “He could make anyone laugh,” she said. “Even after he had left CTS for health reasons, and would stop by for a visit, his personality hadn’t changed and, within a few minutes, he had you laughing. I’m really going to miss him.”

Andy served Speedway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as Associate Minister from 1974 to 1979 and then as Senior Minister from 1979 until his retirement from congregational ministry in 2006.

A service celebrating Andy’s life and ministry will be held at Speedway Christian Church on Sunday, July 13th, at 3 p.m. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. on the 13th.

The obituary for Andy Crowley can be found here.

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