Joining us for the first Akronist TV episode is Pastor Duane Crabbs of South Street Church Ministries in Akron.
Crabbs and his family took a huge lifestyle risk in order to be more hands on in the community. After leaving his job as a firefighter, Crabbs felt a divine calling to outreach more in the community and soon enough he moved from the sunny safe suburbs to the tough streets of Akron. Now Crabbs serves as a pastoral leader at South Street Church and (with the help of the community) has implemented several community programs to help ex-offenders, drug addicts, teens and the homeless achieve a better state of life.
He discusses the issues that go far beyond the four walls of the church, like his concern for the community and its accountability to not only itself but the local institutions. There seems to be a lack of communication on both ends, as he states, but he hopes the church and faith can be a safe place for individuals to come into and express their concerns in a transparent form.
As a community activist, Crabbs hopes to bring more awareness to social issues and hopefully bridge the gap between faith and the community development.
Interviewed by: Vanessa Michelle
To find out more about South Street Ministries visit southstreetministries.org.