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Gwen Crawley died Jan. 2

Presbyterian leader served world mission, ACSWP, other roles

January 15, 2013

LOUISVILLE

Gwen Crawley, a well-known leader in Presbyterian world mission, died Jan. 2 in Medford, N.J.

Crawley served the church from 1983 until her retirement in 1995, though she took on assignments and roles for many years thereafter.

For many years, she was head of the PC(USA)'s international health ministries. In 1996 she served as interim director of what was then called the Worldwide Ministries Department after the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick left that post following his election as General Assembly stated clerk.

In 2005, she was named interim coordinator of the PC(USA)’s Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP).

Crawley is survived by her sons, Ross and Eric, and her daughter, Christine Bass, as well as eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Her drive, compassion and care for others led her throughout her life. Contributions to the American Heart Association or the Presbyterian Community Center in Louisville, Ky., are appreciated by the family.

  1. Gwen was a treasured friend and valued colleague with a tremendous love for the PC(USA) and a passion for the denomination's prophetic justice ministries. Celebrating her life and her witness in the church and to the world.

    by susan stack

    January 16, 2013

  2. kindly let me know date of birth. I'd like to know how old she was. thank you.

    by Barbara Roche

    January 15, 2013

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