1972 graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Music Degree
1975 graduate of Bethany Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree
I was ordained in 1975 in the MidAtlantic District where I served the Meadow Branch congregation. I served the Briery Branch congregation in the Shenandoah District from 1982 to 1985 when the denomination called Carol and me to serve as missionaries in Nigeria. After completing our term of mission service in Nigeria I was called to serve the Florin congregation from 1987-1995 when the Atlantic Northeast District called me to become the founding pastor of the Cornerstone congregation, a new church planting project in Lebanon, PA. During our 9 exciting years at Cornerstone, the Lord grew our congregation from 0 to more than 300 in worship and into one of the leading congregations in the City of Lebanon. We were then invited to return to Nigeria to serve as Nigeria Mission Coordinators. Following our second term of service in Nigeria we returned to the States to become first time grandparents and I became an interim pastor with the Friendship Church of the Brethren.
During our years of service at Cornerstone I trained as a drug and alcohol therapist in order to facilitate a recovery ministry that our congregation launched in the City of Lebanon. Because of my work in that field, I was delighted when I was asked to join the staff of Pennsylvania Counseling Services at York Psych Counseling Center in York, Pennsylvania in 2008. I worked as a Drug and Alcohol Therapist and Intensive Outpatient Therapy facilitator until returning to pastoral ministry in 2010 as the Senior Pastor of the Little Swatara congregation in the Atlantic Northeast District. I served Little Swatara until my retirement in 2015.
Age 68. Local activities: pastor, church planter, evangelist, worship leader, community ministerium chair- person, mentor/advisor of community service projects, Sunday school teacher, small group leader, District/Annual Conference delegate, Coordinator for Lebanon Valley Pastors Prayer Network, founder and director of The Gathering, a coffee house outreach project of the Little Swatara Church of the Brethren.
District activities: district board member, vice-chair and commission chair, evangelism task team, district camp board, keynote speaker for numerous district conferences and workshops, music coordinator for Richard Foster Renovare conference.
Denominational activities: Moderator, 2013 Annual Conference, Nigeria Mission Coordinator and project coordinator, EYN AIDS task team, Passing on the Promise field staff, Evangelism Academy music coordinator and workshop leader, Annual Conference music coordinator,
Annual Conference speaker, Bible study leader, insight session speaker and equipping workshop leader, Mission Alive workshop leader, New Church Development Advisory Team, On Earth Peace pastors focus group, instructor for two Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership courses, presenter for “Plant Generously, Reap Bountifully” church planting conference.
Other activities: Lecturer at Theological College of Northern Nigeria, developer/coordinator for EYN Pastors Development Program, published author, drug and alcohol therapist, marriage counselor, bicycled to four Annual Conferences.
As a pastor, missionary and regional church leader, I have underscored the importance of vision and passion. I believe that when Christian leaders embrace a clear biblical vision and communicate that vision with passion, the church becomes mission driven rather than issue oriented. “Where there is no vision…” or where the vision is neither Christ-centered nor clearly communicated, there is little passion to continue Christ’s mission.
Family: I’ve been married to Carol Trembach Krouse for 44 years. We have 4 grown sons, and will soon to become the grandparents of our 12th (and potentially 13th) grandchild.
Vision: To remember our high calling as followers of Jesus Christ; to turn from the things that distracts us from our calling; and to return to Jesus as our first love.
Priority: To call our church to enter, embrace and experience a new a season of spiritual renewal marked by prayer, repentance and a return to Jesus as the head of the church and hope of the nations.
Faith Statement: I believe Jesus is God’s son and serve him as Savior and Lord. My goal is to turn from sin and follow the example and teachings of Jesus. I believe the church is the body of Christ and is called to reflect the light of Jesus wherever there is darkness. My life is marked by a deep desire to serve the church with my prayers, presence, substance and service.