San Jose pastor helps First United Methodist rise from the ashes

October 17, 2013

By Joe Rodriguez
Mercury News Columnist
SAN JOSE -- Jim Crawford's back was killing him Monday morning, but the cross he has carried for 22 years would soon lift. Or so he thought.
Painted eternal white, the hefty, steel symbol of Christianity would be the final touch on his long, spiritual mission -- the rebuilding of downtown's San Jose First United Methodist Church, which burned down in a huge, tragic fire in 1991. (Read the full story)