About Antony

Antony Crowe and FamilyHey there,

My name is Antony Crowe¬†but I generally get called “Ant” by my friends. I am 36 and i’m the bald guy in the picture ūüôā I am married to a wonderful woman named Sam.¬†She is the perfect compliment to me and is a gift from God that I am greatful for every day. We married¬†on the¬†1st Dec 2001 and we have 2 girls; Jessie (7) and Katie (5), and one son Ben (6, with his perfect Father¬†in Heaven).

I earn my living as a fire fighter in Fire Rescue NSW which is a job I love (who wouldn’t??? I get to break down¬†doors, drive trucks fast and help people out who are not able to help themselves). I love Jesus and earnestly want to follow him as best¬†I can¬†all my days. Essentially I want my life to be all about him! If I could sum up what I wish at the end of my life would be that those¬†around me would see more of him, and less of me.

Now before you start thinking things like, “hey this guy is awsome” (ha!) I want to assure you that I have failed – and I know will continue to fail – in many ways. In fact, a life of repentance is also a goal I have!

One way I failed was the way I was leading as a husband and dad. A couple of years back, my marriage to Sam hit a big bump in the road. We started to grow distant and Sam was withdrawing from me. I sought some counselling, which to be honest was of little use. Our issue was not one of effective communication or who did what around the home. Our issue was actually my issue!

I needed to learn how to love my wife and kids in the same way Christ loves the church (a big ask). Now, we often hear that line but what does it actually mean to put that into practice? It took being discipled and confronted with that sin to help me work through those areas. I also had misunderstood what the calling of a husband was. I understood I was the head of my home but did not understand what that meant in regards to servant leadership as Christ demonstrates in the way he leads the Church, as you can read in the passage from Ephesians 5:

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,¬† that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,¬† so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.¬† For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.¬† ‚ÄúTherefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.‚ÄĚ (English Standard Version)

It took some time for me to get that passage. It’s a big call to live up to, and one that takes heaps of courage (hence the name of our website). ¬†Anyway now my wife feels loved and secure, I know my role as Protector, Pastor and Provider. I have seen my wife and girls look to me for the lead and respond accordingly.

To ensure I stay on track I have 5 life priorities:

  • Follow and stay in communion with Jesus
  • Love Sam as Christ loves the church
  • Love my kids as Christ loves the church
  • A faithful and honest employee
  • Serve my local church (Toongabbie Baptist Church)¬†

With God’s help I hope to do them well.

Thanks for checking out Men of Courage. I hope it helps you follow Jesus in as many ways as it has helped me, as I contribute to its creation. Men of Courage is here to serve you and so am I. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little better! Please feel free to email me  and share any ways that our little site has helped, challenged or inspired you.

I make no claims of being perfect or having all the answers (I leave that part up to Jesus). However ¬†I have learnt much through many mistakes; much grace has been given to me by God and my family, it’s simply my desire to share humbly what I have learned.


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