Baptist Press Article by Katherine Chute, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017
ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- William O. Crews, 81, president emeritus of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, passed away March 1 after a brief illness.
"William O. Crews was a Baptist statesman, who profoundly impacted our work in the western United States," said Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary. "He was a friend and mentor to many, who will miss him deeply. His impact at Gateway Seminary lives on through our emphasis on shaping leaders -- Bill's passion and legacy."
Crews became the sixth president of Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) in December 1986. He transitioned to the role of chancellor in 2003 and retired in 2005. Previously, he served as pastor of the 2,300-member Magnolia Church in Riverside, Calif., for eight years and as a pastor at churches in Washington, Oregon and Texas. He served on the Gateway Seminary board of trustees from 1982-86 and as president of the Northwest Baptist Convention and the California Southern Baptist Convention.
Crews earned a bachelor of arts degree from Hardin-Simmons University, a bachelor of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry degree from Gateway Seminary. He was awarded two honorary degrees in 1987: the doctor of humanities degree from Hardin-Simmons University and the doctor of divinity degree from California Baptist University.
During his tenure as Gateway president, the seminary established new campuses in Phoenix (1995) and Denver (1996). The seminary also achieved accreditation approval to offer full masters degrees at all five of its campuses.
In 2003, the seminary announced several gifts in Crews' honor, including the endowed William O. Crews Chair of Leadership, creation of a special section of the seminary library housing leadership books and materials named in Crews' honor, and established a "Crews Leadership Award."
As president emeritus, Crews taught at Gateway Seminary's Pacific Northwest Campus in Vancouver, Wash., until his death.
He is survived by his wife, the former Jo Ann Cunningham.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Earlier this year, one of the Foundation's most beloved trustors passed away. Mildred McGlothlin, affectionately called “Mildred Mac” or just “Mac” was born in 1916 in Hannibal, Missouri, and passed away on March 23, 2016, at the age of 99. Mac had a love affair with books and enjoyed reading all her life. Her studies led her to complete a Christian seminary degree.
In 2011, Mac moved into an assisted living facility in Vancouver, Washington. She enjoyed getting mail and visitors, especially children. Mildred also had a wonderful sense of humor that did not dull with age! She had a wide variety of friends of all ages and from all walks of life and she had the unique gift of being able to connect with anyone.
A treasured quote from a friend's funeral was kept in her belongings, “What will those who come behind you find?”
Dearest Mac, thank you for being so very faithful to leave behind a legacy of grace!
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