Crumpler, who is a reader (lay minister) at St Paul’s Church, St Albans, will train on the Eastern Region Ministry Course for two years.
Crumpler told PRWeek: ‘When I moved from my corporate life to working for the CofE ten years ago, I saw ordination as a possibility. But this has grown over the years.
'The thought that I should explore my vocation as a priest did not go away, so I began looking seriously at it, praying about it, talking to others about it. And then, after a process that lasted just over a year, I was accepted to train for the priesthood a few weeks back.'
Crumpler took up the role in May 2004, after three years as communications officer for the St Albans diocese. He heads a team of 12 at Church House, Westminster, responsible for the communications of the Archbishops' Council, Church Commissioners, Church of England Pensions Board, House of Bishops and General Synod, and the operations of Church House Publishing, the official publisher of the CofE. He also liaises closely with the communications teams supporting the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and in dioceses across the country.
Before joining the CofE, Crumpler worked at senior levels in British Gas and its successor companies, holding posts including head of communications for BG Group and head of external affairs, international, for BG.
Crumpler trained as a journalist and worked in local government public relations before joining British Gas in 1981. He started working in Christian communications by writing for youth magazine Buzz in the 1970s.