1978 - Phil Crews
Monday, June 2, 2008
Christian University is proud to feature Phil
Crews in the Alumni Spotlights section of AlumNews. Phil graduated OC in 1978 and is
currently the Development Coordinator for the Mountain States Children's Home in Longmont, CO. Phil, his wife Shelly (Kooi), and their two kids, Brandon and Brady have all attended OC.
Degree? Bachelor of Arts
What are you most known for? At Oklahoma Christian: Two Sport Letterman; Basketball
& Track and singing in the band, "Copperfield"
What is your true calling? I feel that building relationships is what I would
call my true calling, which touches every aspect of life, whether it be career,
family, friends, or those that you don't know.
Whether we are talking business, through writing music, or sharing
God. I guess we are all called, as Christians to model Jesus in our relationships.
How'd you find this calling? I suppose that one finds avenues throughout life where
you find out what your strengths are and then you use them as the opportunities
arise. I have found this to be true in
What is your biggest personal or
professional achievement so far? I feel that
having two children and a wife to share God and the values that He has layed
out for us in obedience is a great accomplishment for a family or as an
individual achievement, as they all have to work together.
What is your proudest moment? Watching my children as they have grown and become
What is the biggest professional or
personal hurdle that you've overcome? The
biggest hurdle any of us has to overcome is ourself. I feel that I have stepped out of who I
"thought I was" and became who I "could be", which is very
difficult. I am still working on this
What is something people should know about
you that is not on your resumé? I was a
cabinet business owner of Crews Woodworking for several years.
Life's motto? It is better to fall into a raging river than to step into a stagnant pond
that breeds flies and stench because at least in the river you are going to get
Your inspiration? I work in raising funds for a children's home and the
children that come into my life, that have been abused or neglected in
different ways, and have overcome many issues from their past. They are truly constant inspirations in my
life right now.
Teamwork or fly solo? I like the common bond of a great team but I usually
tend to fly solo.
If you woke up tomorrow and had to start a
new career, what would it be? I have been
there! I have changed jobs several times
and I would want to work in place that I could help those around me
succeed. If I could ever have a dream
career, I believe it would be as a writer.
I currently write poetry, lyrics, lessons, sermons, and short
stories. I look at those creative
avenues as opportunities to help others, maybe, see things in a different light
through my writing.
How do you plan to self improve? I plan to be more disciplined in my life. I would like to improve in Biblical knowledge
and understanding. I would like to
improve in physical fitness and mental strength.
What advice do you have for future
generations? Raise families with an eternal
love for God so that both our earthly and our heavenly homes will be blessed.
Describe yourself in 3 words? Creative, passionate and encouraging
Causes you support? I support Mountain States Children's Home because of
the growing concern for those young people, our future, that need our help.
How do you spend your down time? I like to relax by watching or listening to sports.
Passions and diversions? Writing, creating
Stress relievers? Writing, music, creating
What's next for you? Keep climbing and searching for a way to the top.
What are you working toward? "Heaven" . . . but also a position that will
allow me time to share my passion for writing.
How will you make your mark? I don't know but I hope that it is in a creative way
that will encourage or edify those around me.