Dr. Shalonda K. Crawford, Psy.D
~ With my heart, mind and soul swaddled, hidden away, and covered in the anointing of our Lord Jesus Christ I believe that I can do all things according to His purpose.
Shalonda Katrice Crawford is a native of Michigan, born and raised in Grand Rapids. During her sophomore year in high school and at the age of 15, she became pregnant and later gave birth to her son Brandin. In spite of enormous mountains and valleys, victories and defeats, she went on to obtain her diploma on time with her graduating high school class.
Though her work over the years in various areas of Business and Entertainment has been satisfying, Dr. Crawford found herself missing something. To compensate, she took side, part-time and volunteer jobs working to assist youth, young mothers and underprivileged people who were motivated and determined to make their way back into the mainstream of life. With 2 Associate degrees in Management and Business from Davenport University, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, 2 Master’s Degrees in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and also in Theology and Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, before going on to complete her Doctoral degree in Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She works as a spiritual advisor/counselor at church, a therapist in prisons and with children and their families, as well as with adults who are managing various mental illnesses while making their way back into the workplace at an outpatient clinic in East Los Angeles.
In 2002 Dr. Crawford met songwriter/producer, Shep Crawford and they married in 2003. Eventually Shep accepted his calling to pastor. Without much of a church background, Dr. Crawford was a bit apprehensive about her role by his side in that capacity. Nevertheless, equipped solely with a vision from God, no building, no assets, and no members, the doors of The Experience Christian Ministries opened on October 31, 2010. In addition to being a spiritual helpmate to her husband at E.C.M., Dr. Crawford is a blessed mother. Combined, the Crawford family has 6 beautiful children; Brandin, Nicholas, Lauryn, Kinnidi, Madisyn and Malachi and their grandson, Brandin II. As a wife, mother and woman of God, she enjoys serving, edifying, and encouraging her family, the church and the community at large as well as beaching, reading, traveling and many forms of music and entertainment.