The Rev. Crawford Brubaker has long been a “PK,” a pastor’s kid. The son of former BMPC associate pastor, the Rev. Pattie Kitchen, he first came to our church as a 10 year old in 1993. Along with his younger siblings, Ben and Elizabeth, he spent the next 12 years immersed in the busy life of our congregation.
Crawford and his wife, the Rev. Layne Brubaker, met at Princeton Theological Seminary while receiving their Master’s of Divinity and Master’s of Theology degrees in 2009 and 2010.
On April 1, 2012, Crawford was ordained at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.
While enjoying his time serving as a chaplain for hospitals and hospice patients, Crawford and Layne felt called to plant a new worshipping community in a highneed neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana, called the Okra Abbey, as part of the denomination’s 1001 New Worshipping Communities initiative. It was during this project that he and his wife fell in love with church planting.
Crawford and Layne recently moved from New Orleans to Tacoma, Washington, where Layne was called to start a new worshipping community in the largest women’s prison in Washington State.