Crawford appointed Spoon River District Superintendent
By Paul Black
GALESBURG – Bishop Frank J. Beard, in consultation with the Spoon River District Committee on Superintendency has appointed the Rev. Michael J. Crawford as district superintendent, effective July 1.
Crawford will succeed the Rev. Stephen Granadosin, who along with his wife, Cecilia, are planning to relocate to Texas to be near family. Both were appointed to their current sites of ministry in 2017 – Stephen to the Spoon River District superintendency and Cecilia – to Peoria: Forrest Hill UMC.
“Rev. Mike Crawford has proven himself to be a very valuable member of the IGRC leadership team and has excelled in his work as the Coordinator of Congregational Development,” said Bishop Beard in making the announcement. “Rev. Crawford is a forward thinker with tremendous skills of strategic planning and insight. He has assisted the Cabinet for the past two years as our coordinator/implementor of Strength Finders. Strength Finders is used in the appointment process to match pastors and churches. Reverend Crawford’s work in this area over the last two years has given him experience with the Cabinet and the Extended Cabinet.”
Bishop Beard also noted, “Rev. Crawford has analytical assessment skills and a wealth of experiences that have proven to be significantly valuable to the Cabinet. I appreciate the hard work ethic, the commitment to integrity, and the openness to explore new and emerging ideas.”
Crawford spoke of the role the Conference has played in his faith and ministry.
“The Illinois Great Rivers Conference has done much to nurture my faith and that of our family,” he said. “We have come to know IGRC as our ‘home church.’ I hope through my serving IGRC churches in this role that I can encourage churches to live into God’s call for their next season of ministry.”
Working closely with the Congregational Development Committee, the IGRC Personnel Committee will begin a search process for the next Coordinator of Congregational Development.
Bishop Beard has also announced that Rev. Crawford’s installation will be a part of the Opening Worship at the 2022 Annual Conference at 10 a.m. June 9. “I am thrilled about his appointment and welcome him as a full member of the IGRC appointive Cabinet.”
Crawford, 61, is a graduate of Staunton High School and Trinity College in Deerfield where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
He has served as pastor of Mineral, Owaneco-Buckeye, associate at Galesburg: First, co-pastor with his wife, Patty Johansen at Rochester and at East Moline: Christ. He was appointed Acting Director of Congregational Development Jan. 16, 2003, later a part-time consultant with Congregational Development and two years as associate director of congregational development before assuming the role of Coordinator of Congregational Development July 1, 2006.
His wife, Patty Johansen, currently pastor of Quincy: Vermont Street UMC, will be retiring July 1. They are the parents of two grown children, Kara and Mark Crawford (wife: Andrea), pastor of Onarga-Gilman-Ashkum UMC’s; and grandparents of 5 ½-month-old Levi Rios Crawford.