Crockett was educated at Pontypridd Grammar School  and King's College London before beginning his ordained ministry. He was ordained in 1971 and was a curate at Aberdare and Whitchurch (Cardiff). From 1978 to 1986 he was Vicar of Llanafan Y Trawsgoed then Rector of Dowlai before eight years as the Secretary of the Board of Ministry of the Church in Wales. A fluent Welsh speaker, his final post before his ordination to the episcopate was as Archdeacon of Carmarthen (1999-2004).
He was first divorced person in the UK to be appointed as a bishop. He had married and separated from his first wife, with who he had three children. He re-married in 1999.
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- "First divorced bishop appointed". BBC NEWS. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
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