Pastor Clarence Crawford loves the Lord Jesus Christ, and He has given him a passion for serving the needy. Pastor Crawford is founder and president of the Teach ‘em to Fish Community Development Corporation. The God-given value proposition for the ministry is to establish a business incubator that helps disadvantaged people get a fresh start and become economically self-sustaining, transforming themselves, their families and the Prince George’s County, Maryland community.
Throughout his career in the federal government, God has prepared Pastor Crawford for this marketplace incubator ministry. Beginning as a GS-1, the Lord taught him how to progress through the ranks and how to become a strong leader, enabling him to become a senior executive ES-6, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. His senior executive career included positions at the General Accounting Office, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Office of Personnel Management. While at GAO in the mid-1990s, the Lord allowed him to learn about job training programs for the disadvantaged. He found that many of the 154 federal job training programs, valued at $25 billion, wasted resources and may not have helped people better compete for jobs.
Upon retirement from the federal government with 39 years of service in 2006, the Lord opened a door for Pastor Crawford to join the private sector. He joined Deloitte Consulting, the world’s largest professional services firm, as a director. Deloitte operates as a highly entrepreneurial, matrixed partnership. There, the Lord has taught Pastor Crawford how to grow his own business and he currently works in a group that identifies and starts new businesses for the Deloitte’s federal practice.
In addition to serving as pastor at The Gateway to Wholeness Church Ministries, Inc. in Largo, Md., along side his wife Apostle Caretha F. Crawford, he currently ministers to the men at the Prince George Correctional Center. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from American University and has taken classes at the Capital Bible Seminary.