Rabbi Jehu August Crowdy, Jr. was born on January 22, 1970 to Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy, Sr. and Sylvia Wooten Crowdy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the great-grandson of Prophet William S. Crowdy, the Re-establisher of the Church of God and Saints of Christ. He was the spiritual protègè of Rabbi Levi. S. Plummer.
Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy, Jr. received his early academic training in the Philadelphia Public School System. He received his religious training at the feet of his forbearers in the Church of God and Saints of Christ. Rabbi Crowdy, Sr. observed his son's genuine desire to become involved in Sabbath Services. As a result, he appointed his eight-year-old son an Altar Boy. Young Jehu also took pride in fulfilling other duties, such as choir member and Shepherd Boy.
While studying at Temple University, Jehu began an intense, critical study of the Bible. Also during this time his spirituality and faith intensified. Rabbi Levi S. Plummer, Grand Father Abraham, took note of Jehu's spiritual growth and mental aptitude and during the 1992 Passover he ordained him to the ministry as an Elder. Thereafter, Elder Crowdy served as an Associate Minister of the Philadelphia Tabernacle. He later completed his academic training at Temple University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Much of Elder Crowdy's early ministerial life was spent traveling to the many tabernacles throughout America where he honed and developed his tremendous talents for preaching and teaching.
In December 1997, Rabbi Levi S. Plummer had taken ill, and he called Elder Crowdy to his side. At this time, Rabbi Levi completed the "Transfer of Leadership" document, naming Elder Crowdy as his successor. Four months later, during the Passover of 1998, Rabbi Levi consecrated Elder Crowdy, at the age of 28, to the office of Rabbi. At the time of his consecration, Rabbi Levi proclaimed, "I have performed a miracle before your eyes."
On November 18, 2001, Rabbi Levi S. Plummer slept with his fathers and Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy, Jr. assumed the mantle of leadership from his spiritual mentor and friend.
On Sabbath Day, November 24, 2001, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy, Jr. Grand Father Abraham, entered the sanctuary of Temple Beth-El and officially greeted the House of Israel for the first time as Chief Rabbi and Executive Leader of the Church of God and Saints of Christ. Rabbi Crowdy began his remarks by acknowledging the love and gratitude shown to him by the late Rabbi Plummer. Rabbi Crowdy explained that he could still hear the words of Rabbi Levi saying, 'Now my son, I am going to leave you. I know you will obey me and do as I command you.' Rabbi Crowdy further stated that "All that I am and ever hope to be, I owe it to Rabbi Levi S. Plummer."
Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy, Jr. echoed the words of his great-grandfather, Prophet William S. Crowdy, "Children, love ye one another." He articulated, "If we want to see God's church grow, we must greet each other with a new attitude. We must show more love in the House of Israel, and more respect and have a greater reverence for God."
Rabbi Crowdy exemplifies this new attitude by exhibiting a humble spirit and a gracious demeanor. As he commences his leadership of the Church of God and Saints of Christ, Rabbi Jehu A. Crowdy, Jr. is honoring our glorious history while blazing new trails.