Duane Crabbs

Age: 54

Residence: Akron’s Summit Lake neighborhood. Born in Tiffin.

Profession: Pastor/co-founder of South Street Ministries.

Nomination: Nominated by Brian Chima of Chima Travel, who met Crabbs in the home schooling community and subsequently volunteered at South Street Ministries: “[Crabbs] does a great job helping people get on their feet and has a heart for those who have made bad choices in their lives.”

Definition of leadership: “To be a leader, you have to have followers …Leadership is empowering others and being willing to step back and let them lead.”

How he fits into this definition: “[My wife] and I are in the process of stepping off the playing field to make room for others. And we are learning to embrace a coaching role, so that those who call us mentors are inspired and empowered to step into leadership roles.”

How his leadership views have changed: At one time, Crabbs thought leadership and power went hand-in-hand. Now, he believes that “prominence, prestige and power have nothing to do with leadership.”

Mentors: The late Patrick Armour (co–founder of South Street Ministries), who helped him understand inner-city culture and taught him that “it is more important to be genuine and truthful than to be powerful.” John Perkins, founder and president of the Mississippi-based John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, who writes and teaches about racial reconciliation.