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  • Elevating the calling of teaching

  • Highlighting the importance of teaching

  • Enhancing the craft of teaching

The establishment of an International Association of Apostolic Educators (IAAE) was for the purpose of bringing together a network of PreK-12th grade Apostolic educators and business professionals from all over the globe.   The IAAE includes early childhood to adult educators who work in a variety of settings such as churches, preschools, elementary, middle schools, high schools, adult training programs, homes and colleges. 

The benefits of having such an organization is to provide opportunities for Apostolic educators to network, collaborate, and support other Apostolic educators that will in turn benefit the general constituency of the UPCI and other Apostolic organization.

IAAE is a non-profit (501c3) unincorporated association. 


President - Dr. Robbie Crawford 


​Dr. Robbie Crawford has worked for 30+ years as a teacher and educational administrator. She has taught college, preschool, kindergarten and middle school, has been the director of 6 early childhood centers, consulted in 12 states, achieved NAEYC accreditation status, conducted seminars in 5 countries and published 6 books as well as numerous articles and lessons in the education field. She received her PhD in education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is currently the director of New Life Academy Early Childhood Program in St. Louis, Missouri  She has been inducted into 4 honor societies. She earned a Biblical Studies degree from Kent Christian College and received a UPCI ministerial license in 2005.  She is currently the children’s pastor at New Life St Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. 


PHD Education- University of Missouri-St. Louis                     St. Louis, MO; 2016

MS Education- University of Missouri-St. Louis                       St. Louis, MO; 2003

MBA  Certificate- University of Missouri-St. Louis                  St. Louis, MO; 2001

BS Education- University of Missouri-Columbia                      Columbia, MO; 1992 

AA Biblical Studies- Kent Christian College                             Dover, DE; 1990 

Experience in Education:

Early Childhood Director- New Life Academy                        Bridgeton, MO; 2009-Current

Education Administrator- Family Education Center                Troy, MO; 2003-2010

College Instructor- Gateway College                                        Florissant, MO; 2001-2003           

Pre-School Director- Kiddie Kingdom                                      Florissant, MO; 2001-2003    

Pre-School Director- ABC’s and 123’s                                      Indianapolis, IN ; 1997-1999                    

Pre-School Director- Brownsburg Community                         Brownsburg, IN ; 1996-1997              

Middle School Teacher- Calvary Christian Schools                  Indianapolis, IN; 1994-1996              

Pre-School Director, KG Teacher- ACA Schools                      Columbia, MO; 1987-1994    

IAAE Steering Committee and Board of Directors 


Rev. Rob Akers   - Christian Schools

Kristin Hoover   - Apostolic Homeschool Coordinator

Rev. LeAnn Alexander   - Biblical Literacy Curricula

Dr. Lloyd Devereaux   - Apostolic School Curricula

Rev. James Poitras   - International Instructors

Dr. Jeanne Bland   - College Education Depts/Student Associations

Krista Slaydon   - Early Childhood Programs 

Dr. Beth Smith   - District Partnerships

Rev. Charles Barcus   - Apostolic Student Conventions

Regina Lopez   - Public School Educators

Rev. James Crawford   - School Counselors

Dr. Robbie Crawford   - Early Childhood Administration

Kara McCoy - Special Needs Education

Dr. David Norris - Professors

Nancy Norris - Special Education

Mandi Lough - Marketing and Special Events

Terry Lough - School Administration 

IAAE Includes Members from the following Apostolic Organizations:

  • United Pentecostal Church

  • Pentecostal Assemblies of the World 

  • Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ 


The IAAE has many areas for you to get involved. Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available with a brief description. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the CONTACT US page and click on the VOLUNTEER link.  There is a place to attach your resume and supporting documents. 

  • ​Marketing Specialist

  • Grant Writer 

  • Membership Director 

  • Communication Specialist

  • Special Event Planner 

  • Secretary/Treasurer 

  • Board Member 

  • Scholar’s Guild Director 

  • Consultant’s Guild Director 

  • Homeschool Networks Director 

  • Christian School Networks Director 

  • Apostolic Public School Educators Director 

  • Information Specialists

  • Political Liaison 

  • Educator Trip Coordinator 

  • Online Teacher Store Manager ​

  • Website and Merchandise Graphic Designer 

IAAE Leadership
IAAE Steering Committee
Volunteer Opportunities
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