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Allegheny West Member, First Woman, Takes Helm of Message Magazine

Story by Kim Peckham
Published 6/19/12

The board of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Md., recently voted Carmela Monk Crawford as editor of Message, the Seventh-day Adventist church’s urban-flavored magazine. Crawford served as associate editor of Message in the early 90s, but her connection to the magazine goes back to childhood. “My father, Paul Monk, took on the role of editor 32 years ago,” she says. “I remember how he came home with his pockets full of White House petit fours after a press briefing with President [Ronald] Reagan.”

Crawford left editorial work in 1995 to become an attorney, but she was drawn back to Seventh-day Adventist publishing because “there is only one work that is ultimately satisfying, and this is it.” She explains, “I have been blessed to help people in dire situations, prevented them from serving jail sentences and helped protect children from abuse. I have worked to protect someone’s very life. Yet, what would be the point if they did not know the freedom and clemency that Jesus offers?”

Crawford has been invited into a position that has typically been held by male ministers. “I think my selection is a strong statement, not just within the Adventist community, but to those with whom we share the gospel,” she says. “Adventist women like me must continue to serve substantively and competently on every level throughout this movement.”

She is also an elder, Adventurer leader and Sabbath School teacher at Allegheny West Conference’s Dale Wright Memorial church in Germantown, Ohio.

The previous editor, Washington Johnson II, DMin, served from 2007 to 2012. As a chaplain in the Navy reserve, he resigned when he received an indication that he was being deployed to Afghanistan.

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