Asbury Alumnus J.B. Crouse Passes Away

Dr. J.B. Crouse, a 1955 graduate of Asbury University and president emeritus of One Mission Society, passed away on Sunday. Crouse was 81 years old.

Asbury University alumni
Drs. J.B. and Bette Crouse

Crouse — who along with his wife and fellow Asbury graduate, Bette, gave leadership to OMS since the late 1950s — spent much of his mission career in Korea. Among his first assignments was to work for the World Relief Commission to help this Asian nation rebuild from the effects of the Korean Conflict. His work was recognized with the Presidential Civil Merit award.

From 1972 to 1986, Crouse directed evangelism programs in schools, military bases and vast apartment communities in Seoul. In 1986, he was named OMS’s field director in Korea, in time to direct a coordinated evangelism effort during the Seoul Olympics in 1988.   

In 1992, with J.B.’s election to the presidency of OMS International and Bette’s appointment as assistant to the president, the Crouses’ work expanded beyond the borders of Southeast Asia to the world. During his tenure as president, OMS’s ministries expanded from 14 countries to 42 with efforts in evangelism, church planting, theological training and outreach.

As compelling as the numbers that describe the Crouse’s ministry is their impression on the many individual lives they’ve impacted. If J.B. said he would pray for someone, he would — often on the spot — and his ministry through music has encouraged God’s people on continents around the world. A man of vision and faithfulness, J.B. Crouse was committed to sharing the gospel with people from all walks of life, from refugees to heads of state.

J.B. is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, and Bette earned a master of nursing degree from Yale University. Crouse is survived by his wife and three sons (Jay, John and Steve), all graduates of Asbury University.

“J.B. was a man of vision and faithful service who had a heart for impacting the world for Christ,” said Asbury University President Sandra Gray. “He finished well and actively ministered until the time of his passing. He was beloved by many, around the world, and we rejoice in the knowledge that his faith is now sight.”

Services for J.B. Crouse will be Saturday, June 28, at Hughes Auditorium on the Asbury University campus. Visitation will be at Hughes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the service will be at 4:30 p.m. There will be a graveside service following at Wilmore Cemetery.

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