Phyllis Crum, Teacher and Facilitator


Phyllis Crum is an ordained minister, a certified Lifeforming Life Coach, a certified Elijah House Prayer Minister, mentor, spiritual leadership trainer, and advisor. For three years, she served as the Vice President of Women in Shared Ministry, an organization designed to help women be more effective and transformational in their vocations and leadership callings no matter where God sends them. She has a passion for helping others to invest their time, talents, and treasure to transform every area of their life, family, work, church, government-anywhere they are sent.  Rev. Crum’s ministry focus is the restoration of God’s people.

She has served as the Director of Christian Education, Executive Pastor, Sunday School Teacher and a Women’s and Young Adult Ministry leader.

Phyllis is a former Army officer and analyst and retired as a Major after 20 years of military service.  She served two combat tours in Saudi Arabia and a humanitarian aid mission in Somalia, earning three combat awards from 1991 through 1993.  Rev. Crum held two separate commands, a U.S. Army Recruiting Company, and the 183d Maintenance Company. During her service, Major Crum earned three Meritorious Service Medals, seven Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement medals, the National Defense Medal, the Army Expeditionary Medal and various recognitions for Desert Storm/Shield (Saudi Arabia)/Operation Restore Hope (Somalia).  She was nominated for the General Douglas McArthur Leadership Award and for Instructor at the prestigious U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Leadership and Behavioral Sciences.  She was selected for the Command and General Staff College before her retirement. Phyllis was employed as the American Red Cross Service Delivery Coordinator for the City of Franklin and Southampton County.  She is the former Field Site Associate for Meals On Wheels in New Kent County and continues to serve as a volunteer.

She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary, Norfolk, Virginia in June 2010. Dr. Crum was also an adjunct professor at Providence. She was a public servant as the Chairwoman of the City of Franklin Community Policy Management Team for At Risk Youth and Families, President of the City of Franklin Schools Special Education Advisory Committee, Life Skills Instructor for the Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and a Results Leader for Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater committed to helping children enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Mrs. Crum has been married to Rev. H. Ellis Crum for fifteen years and the Step-mother of his two daughters, two sons, Son-In-Law, and grandchild.