Welcome, Crown College Alumni

Once you become an alumni of Crown, you are family—no matter where the Lord may lead you. The purpose of the Office of Alumni Relations is to deepen our relationship with you, to connect graduates with each other, and to continue to support and equip you in the ministry and work He has given you.

We are working hard to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of our alumni family. Feel free to let us know any way in which we can do a better job. We love to hear from you and, better yet, we would love to see you. You and your family are always welcome to come home!


Contact Alumni Office:

Shana Holt, Alumni Relations Secretary
Office hours: 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday

Alumni Spotlights


John & Julie Kokenzie

John – M.Min – 2003; M.B.S. – 2004; M.Div – 2005
Missionaries to Brazil

I knew literally nothing about Crown College, Crown Seminary, Dr. Clarence Sexton or Temple Baptist Church, but in God’s providence He brought Julie and I there, and we are eternally and absolutely grateful! When we visited, the Lord spoke directly to my heart and made it clear that I was to be under the ministry of Pastor Sexton.

While at Crown Seminary and helping Pastor Sexton, we had many discussions regarding world evangelization. I became aware that world evangelism does not stop with a missionary going to the field; that is only where it begins. I hope to reach the world through Brazil.

In 2007, I attended the “Pastors’ College.” In that meeting, Dr. Sexton said, “We should be doing anything we can to reach the lost!” That immediately got me to thinking. I am here in Knoxville, what am I doing to reach Brazil now? ConhecendoDeus.com.br (Knowing God) was born as a direct result. This website is strictly about knowing God through Christ in salvation, and has seen an amazing amount of hits. We immediately started seeing Brazilians visit. Every week we are answering questions from folks throughout Brazil and around the world, some who have questions about their salvation.

In 2012, the Lord led us to plant the Independent Baptist Church of Ouro Preto do Oeste. Please pray for this growing, vibrant new church being established for the glory of God!

Gary & Mary Bohman

Gary – B.B.S. in Youth Ministry, 2004
Mary – A.B.S. in Office Management, 2001: B.B.S. in Secondary Ed., 2003

Pastor of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Helena, Alabama

Crown College has had an immeasurable impact on our lives. We are so thankful for all that we learned from Pastor Sexton and for his emphasis on following Christ and being biblical in everything that we do. Pastor Sexton has been a friend to our family and a help to our church. He is a man who has a vision for the world, yet cares about each of us and our families personally. He taught us so much, not just about the ministry, but on a deeper and personal level, that all of life is spiritual, that we should remove all secondary causes and see God’s hand in our lives, and that Christ is the source of everything that we need. What we learned at Crown has shaped our lives and ministry in a great way.

We have been at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Helena, AL, for eight years: seven as Assistant Pastor, and now one year as Pastor. We are so excited about how the Lord has blessed our ministry, and that the Lord has given us a church that has a great emphasis on missions and is very active in soul winning. We’ve been able to see many souls saved and baptized, added to our church, and being discipled this year. Also, the Lord allowed our church to start a new church last year, and we are now working toward starting another church this year in the fall.

We are so thankful for the staff the Lord has given us here, working in our church and Christian school. Several are Crown College students, and we are incredibly grateful to see how the Lord is giving us such a harmony and a unified heart in serving Him, thanks to the influence of Crown College and Pastor Sexton in all of our lives and the emphasis that was placed on serving God and keeping our hearts right with Him.

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