Pastor Shep Crawford
And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28)
Anthony Schappel ‘Shep’ Crawford was born and raised in Los Angeles, California on December 18, 1970. He and his family attended Carver Missionary Baptist Church, where he was taught spiritual principles and musicianship under the leadership of Pastor Richard Stubbs. At eight years of age Crawford served as one of Carver’s musicians, playing the piano and organ every Sunday for $25 a week.
In 1988, under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Carl A. McCorkle, young Shep joined the Love and Unity Community Church of God in Christ. That same year, at age 17, he confessed Jesus Christ and proclaimed Him his Lord and Savior. Shortly thereafter, in 1989, he answered his call to minister, was licensed and began preaching God’s word. He went on to serve as Assistant Pastor at Love and Unity, and then later as Chairman of the Trustee Board. Then, in 2006, Reverend Crawford transferred his membership to Greater Zion Church Family under the direction of Pastor, Dr. Michael J.T. Fisher. At Greater Zion, Crawford was one of two Assistant Pastors and he was also the Musical Director.
In 2010 Pastor Shep acknowledged his call to pastorship and formally organized The Experience Christian Ministries. (E.C.M.) is located at 326 E. 47th Place, in Los Angeles, California 90011. Sunday morning worship services began on October 31, 2010 and continues every Sunday morning at 10:07 a.m. Pastor Shep is committed to preaching the Word, sharing the Gospel, spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, seeking the ‘unchurched’ and restoring weary saints who have become exhausted and grown tired of traditional church.
Tell Me More of This Pastor Shep …
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy (.Psalms 33:3)
Music has always been an integral part of Pastor Shep’s life. For many, Shep Crawford is a prolific musician and a chart-topping, Billboard smash-hit producing, songwriting and arranging extraordinaire. For more than 18 years, Pastor Shep accomplished great feats in the music industry. With sound songwriter and producer credits, he embarked on his own empire, founding 45 Live Records, Shep & Shep Music, and Sheppard Productions. He traveled the world (literally traveling the globe) playing with and for many musical heroes and audiences. He’s performed on numerous recordings for various artists. He has earned Grammy Awards and nominations, Billboard Awards, certificates and many other notable accolades and contributions. But lo and behold, there has always been something going on – on the inside!
In that realm he is well respected with work credits that include the likes of Montell Jordan, Deborah Cox, Yolanda Adams, Kelly Price, Tamia, Gladys Knight, Karen Clark-Sheard, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Boys II Men, and Sisqo to name a few. But at The Experience Christian Ministries, Pastor Shep is known simply as the vehicle that delivers the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ!
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
The Experience is a subsidiary of Crawford Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Shep’s late uncle, George Crawford originally incorporated the church in 1968. Though the church was founded on paper by the state of California, at that time there was neither a physical building nor active members. The corporation was then passed on to Pastor Shep’s father, Rev. Jonas Crawford in 1995. Though he’d already been preaching and a licensed minister since he was 19 years old, in September of 2005, his father ordained him and passed down Crawford Memorial to him and his wife, Shalonda Crawford. In 2010, Pastor Shep formally established The Experience Christian Ministries under the Crawford Memorial umbrella, holding its first official service on October 31st at 10:07 a.m.
From 1968 to 2010, this long awaited ministry has grown long, strong legs and has hit the ground running!