Be the hand that reaches back to those reaching out for help.


Crisis Responders are at the core of our ministry. Without them, we could not effect change in our communities and those nearby. Crisis Response Ministry volunteers are men and women of various ages and backgrounds committed to be God’s hands and feet to their neighbors in need. Our volunteers are trained to identify crises of various types and respond with Godly compassion and practical support.

A Heart for Christ

Our team is made of volunteers passionate about God first and foremost. Without the comfort God provides, we cannot minister from a place of wholeness and compassion.

A Heart for Our Neighbors

We are passionate about serving our neighbors in need. Having been on the receiving end of comfort ourselves, we then share the comfort of Christ as His hands and feet.

A Heart for Knowledge

Going into a situation of crisis full of compassion but empty of knowledge can find us doing more harm than good. We train for the crisis before we engage with our communities to ensure we serve them effectively.


What does it take to offer a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name? It always takes a willing heart, it often takes feet that will go, and it sometimes takes training as well. Our Crisis Responders are trained to identify needs of our neighbors in crisis as well as to meet those needs. We train and prepare to equip ourselves to better meet the needs we encounter.


Learn how to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care and support to individuals and families in crisis by attending a CRM certification training course.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Submit Online Application – http://bit.ly/crmvolapp
  • Pay $50 Application & Certification Training Fee
  • Upload or forward a copy of driver’s license or government issued identification
  • Pass Background Check.
  • Must submit prior to Certification Training Course:
    1. Testimony of faith in Jesus Christ
    2. Pastoral/Church Letter of Recommendation
    3. Recommendation by your local CRM Chapter Director
  • Chaplain Certification requires applicant to provide copy of Certificate of Ordination, Ministerial License or certificate from a recognized Christian Chaplaincy Organization.
  • Attend and Complete the next CRM Foundations Training and Online Courses
  • Order uniform
  • Be “Prayed Up and Mission Ready.”
  • Download PDF copy of Application Process

Crisis Responders – Basic
Training: CRM’s 8-hour Basic training module.


Crisis Responders – Advanced
Training: CRM’s 8-hour Advanced training module.


Chaplains – Advanced
Training: CRM’s 8-hour Advanced Chaplains training module.

Additional Requirements: Chaplains must submit a copy of certificate of ordination, ministerial license, or certificate from a recognized Christian chaplaincy organization.


CRM Advanced Crisis Responders and Chaplains
About: CRM Advanced Crisis Responders and CRM Chaplains will receive notation on their identification badge that reflects they have met the requirements to be deployed at state-level event. It is possible that a state-level deployment could occur in our local communities during a major disaster and only CRM Chaplains and Advanced Crisis Responders will be able to deploy.

Additional Advanced Training Opportunities:

Additional Requirements:

  • Certifications of non-CRM coursework must be submitted to CRM prior to certification as a CRM Chaplain or Crisis Responder.
  • CRM Chaplains must submit a copy of certificate of ordination, ministerial license, or certificate from a recognized Christian chaplaincy organization.

CRM Crime Victim Services Unit (CVSU) certification

  • CRM’s 16-hour Advanced CVS training module
  • Speak to your Chapter Director about crime victim related courses required by the Executive Director from Texas Victim’s Assistance Training and the Office of Victim of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center Training (online)

Online Training Sites and Courses (Download PDF)

Certification Renewal / Moving Forward

  • Attend eight hours of continuing education per year.
  • Stay up to date with annual membership renewal fees, specified below.
  • Keep uniform in good condition and at the ready.
  • Stay “Prayed Up and Mission Ready.”

Paying Renewal Fees

To renew online, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the CRM website – www.crmtx.org or CRM certification renewal - http://bit.ly/crmrenewal
  2. Select the “Donate” button at the top or bottom of the Home page
  3. Enter the renewal fee amount of $50.00
  4. “Donate with PayPal” or “Donate with a Debit or Credit Card”
  5. In the “Add Special Instructions to the Seller” section enter the “Full Name” for whom the payment is for and the word “RENEWAL.” Example: “JIM MCKEE RENEWAL”
  6. Complete the transaction — You will receive a payment confirmation from PayPal

If you wish to renew by check or money order:

    1. Make your check or money order payable to “Crisis Response Ministry”
    2. On the memo line, include the “Name” of the person(s) and the word “Renewal”  Example: “JIM MCKEE RENEWAL”
    3. Mail to:
    4. Crisis Response Ministry
      PO Box 131597
      Tyler, TX 75713

    Do not hesitate to contact your Chapter Director if you have any questions.


Foundations Course

CRM’s basic operational and logistical training is required for all new volunteers. It includes an overview of CRM as well as your role and responsibilities as a future Crisis Responder.

Continuing Education

We require our members to attend eight hours of continuing education annually to renew their credentials. The courses may be taken virtually or in person, as available.

specialized certification

Additional courses on a number of topics are open CRM team members who have completed the Foundations coursework.


Connect with crisis response ministry



Crisis Response Ministry holds local chapter meetings, each headed by its own Chapter Director.

The local Chapter Director is a great source of guidance and information for becoming a volunteer.

Please do not hesitate to contact yours for more information.

Collin County

Chaplain Gaye Gardner, Chapter Director


El Paso Region

Chaplain Ozzie Carrasco, Chapter Director


Ellis County

Chaplain Larry Hunt, Chapter Director


Grand Prairie

Chaplain Glen Cato, Chapter Director


Henderson∙Kaufman County

Kay Brady, Chapter Director


Smith County

Chaplain Jim McKee, Chapter Director


Tarrant County

Sherry Glaze, Chapter Director


Upshur County

Lacrecia Davidson, Chapter Coordinator


Mailing Address

PO Box 131597

Tyler, TX 75713

Office Address

401 E. Front Street

Suite 138

Tyler, TX 75702

Crisis Response Ministry is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.  All contributions are tax deductible within guidelines of U.S. law.

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