LPU Press Room | April 1, 2021

Chanda Mills Crutcher is doing what she was created to do.

Birthed in 2015 from research for her Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership capstone project at LPU, the Legacy Center in Huntsville, AL is impacting the local community in a dramatic and lasting way. Collaborating with more than 70 local partners, including churches and non-profit agencies, and with the assistance of almost 100 volunteers, the Center provides a variety of resources for the surrounding community. These resources include nutritional support and food boxes for over 1500 local families, senior adult services through an Alzheimer’s Day program, and a program offering academic enrichment for K-8 students through the virtual Legacy Academy. 

Chanda acknowledges that it is only by the grace of God that she has been able to effectively serve and reach her community.

A licensed Foursquare pastor, mother of seven, wife, and Chief Visionary Officer for the Legacy Center, Chanda Mills Crutcher is focused. She is also busy serving as Chief Executive Officer for her company, A.S.A.P. Inc. Founded in 2004, the American Senior Assistance Program (A.S.A.P.), Inc. exists to serve seniors and their families by providing home safety evaluations, development of care plans, in-home care support, and crisis intervention. Chanda models servant leadership and prioritizes family for her team of almost 70 staff members. Her passion for aging adults stems from her childhood, having been primarily raised by her grandparents. Their influence combined with her love for the older demographic led Chanda to her life’s calling and work.

“What is our role in this community? What can we do to make things better?”

When asked how the church can better serve aging adults, Chanda responded that it is vital we “take the time to really listen and hear people’s stories.” According to Chanda, the success of her company and the Legacy Center is founded on asking the right questions – “What is our role in this community? What can we do to make things better?” The answers to those questions are what Chanda finds herself doing every day. As the newly appointed Foursquare Atlantic District Supervisor, Chanda will also influence regional pastors and local leaders to reflect on these questions in their own communities.  

Chanda acknowledges that it is only by the grace of God that she has been able to effectively serve and reach her community. By harnessing the power of story, listening and responding to the needs of those immediately around her, and by simply doing “the next right thing” right where she is, the greater Huntsville, AL area is witnessing the gospel in action and experiencing true transformation.