Jack Crabtree

Former Executive Director (1971-2011)

Jack is continuing to support and advise Long Island Youth for
Christ on an advisory basis.

He is now a full-time teaching pastor
at Shelter Rock Church, Syosset NY.

Married to Becky (June 1971) – Son Andy (b.1974) married to Andrea Chin with grand-daughter, Marin Grace (b. 2006) living on Long Island. Son Ben (b.1978) living in Denver.

M.A. in Communications, Wheaton Graduate School
B.S. in English Education, Taylor University

I try to live by the historic motto of Youth For Christ – “Anchored to the Rock, geared to the times." I want the life-changing message of Jesus to be fresh and real to everyone I meet.

Favorite Bible Passages:
“This is how we know what real love is—Jesus Christ came into this world and laid down his life for us; so now we should lay down our life for our brothers.” 1 John 3:16

“Prepare your mind for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Best experiences in YFC: (I’ve had a lot)

20+ Summer Bike Trips
Florida Trips on February Break
Listening to young men and women ask Jesus Christ to come into their life
Hiking in the Catskills with a special crew of CL young men
Learning to snow ski as a CL leader – it only took me 3 years
Campus Life National and Regional R&D Committee
Writing Study Notes for the Life Application Bible
Working with Team I’Themba and South Africa YFC for 10 years
Helping start Long Island Youth Guidance, Prodigal House and the Student Led Ministry (Christian Clubs in public schools)
Serving as Chair of the 1990 Long Island Billy Graham Crusade
Leading a weekly Bible Study for NY Jets for 7 years and speaking for Baseball Chapel with Mets and Yankees
Speaking at retreats and conferences at numerous camps for every denomination and church imaginable
Mid-Atlantic Coordinator for National Network of Youth Ministries for 10 years
Working in Networks with youth pastors and youth leaders
Speaking and serving with a wide variety of churches and youth programs
Developing and encouraging young leaders

Through My Numerous Years with YFC Here Are Some of the Surprising Opportunities I Have Had to Write and Contribute to Youth Ministry Books:

The Complete New Testament Resource for Youth Workers, Volume 1, Youth Specialties
Better Safe Than Sued, Youth Specialties/Zondervan
Search For Significance Youth Edition, Thomas Nelson
Wounded Spirit Study Guide, Thomas Nelson
365 Bible Characters, Tyndale
Moments With God, Baker Books
Parents and Teenagers edited by Jay Kesler, Tyndale
Life Application Bible (Study Notes), Tyndale
Play It Safe, Victor Books
Flex Sessions, Victor Books
Videos Worth Watching, Baker Books
Lesson Maker, Navigator Press
Conversations with Jesus, Youth Specialties
Live the Story, Crossway Publishing
500 Bible Questions and Answers, Tyndale

Most Important…

I am most thankful to God for giving me Becky (the most tremendous wife) who has shown me true love in the realities of each day. She is the most Christ-like person I know. I could never make it in YFC or any ministry without her love and support. 

 I am also most thankful for hundreds of friends who give so generously to YFC so I can devote my whole life to bringing the gospel to young people and their families. I do nothing by myself. These wonderful people are with me daily by prayer, support and encouragement. 

Whatever challenge I face I know I am not alone. Jesus is always there and the Body of Christ stands beside me and behind me.