A former U.S. Army chaplain and state representative who now lives in Gainesville will be speaking to state legislators at their annual convocation, a tradition he co-founded.
Ron Crews will be returning to the Georgia Capitol Sunday afternoon to lead legislators in prayer before they begin the 2019 legislative session on Monday.
When he was a state representative from Gwinnett County between 1993 and 1998, Crews co-founded the legislature’s prayer caucus with the late Eugene Tillman, who was a pastor and state representative from Brunswick.
The convocation is a moment of unity in what can be a time of difficult partisanship, Crews said.
“We have Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, who come, and we can lay aside political differences for a short time and be able to unite in prayer,” he said.
Sunday will be Crews’ first time back to the convocation after leaving the Georgia General Assembly. He lived in Massachusetts and Washington D.C. for several years before returning to Georgia and said he was happy to hear the convocation was still being held.
“I’m hopeful to see some folks that are still around from the days that I served and just to once again stand in the Rotunda and ask God’s favor over our state,” Crews said.
Crews was an Army chaplain for 28 years and still works as a chaplain endorser. He has also served as president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, senior pastor of New Covenant Community Church in Chamblee, and chaplain with the Georgia Army National Guard and Massachusetts Army National Guard.
He and his wife Jonda live in Gainesville. They have four children and six grandchildren.