Ian was born in Northern Ireland and attended the University of Ulster where he graduated with a BSc in Geography in 1983. He graduated from seminary at Queens University, Belfast in 1990 before pastoring for 7 years in a rural congregation in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He has been married to Rhoda since 1987 and they have two married children and one child at university. Ian and Rhoda recently entered the world of being grandparents.
The Crooks family packed up and left the shores of Ireland in the summer of 2000 as Ian became the founder pastor of Sovereign Community Church in Miramichi, New Brunswick. As a family they served there until the fall of 2005.
The Crooks family moved to Lethbridge, Alberta November 2005 when Ian accepted the call to be senior pastor of Westminster Chapel where he continues to served in this role.
Ian is an avid soccer fan and enjoys, running, reading, travel and the music of U2.