Drs. J.B. ’55 and Elizabeth Shipps ’53 Crouse - 2000 A Award Recipients
Bio from 2000:
Joint recipients, Dr. J.B. and Elizabeth Crouse, spent much of their mission career in Korea. Among J.B.’s 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. In 1958, J. B. was appointed to Korea by OMS, International.Bette joined in 1959. They were married in 1961.
From 1972 to 1986, J.B. 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.
On another front, Bette became a professor on the faculty of Yonsei University College of Nursing in Seoul. Her philosophy of nursing care emphasized meeting both physical and spiritual needs of patients. Through involvement with International Christian Women’s Clubs, she, too, has made an impact on evangelism in Korea as a Bible study leader in Korean military and missionary community. She served as in board leadership of the Seoul Foreign School.
In 1992, with J.B.’s election the presidency of OMS International and Bette’s appointment as assistant to the president, the Crouses’ worked expanded beyond the borders of Southeast Asia to the world. During his tenure as president, OMS’s ministries expanded from 14 countries to29 with efforts in evangelism, church planting, theological training, and outreach.
Dr. J.B. graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary and Bette earned the master of nursing degree from Yale University. Both hold honorary doctorates from Asbury. They are the parents of three sons, all graduates of Asbury.