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Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft

The Reverend Wayne E. Croft Sr., DMin, PhD, is the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies at LTSP and serves as Senior Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. In this interview, we visit his congregation and sit down with Dr. Croft as he talks about how be believes that being in both the classroom and the pulpit is an ideal match of academia and pastoral ministry. He also talks about his becoming president of the West Chester chapter of the NAACP, and being recognized by the American Baptist Churches USA (ABC-USA) Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) with the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award for outstanding work for peace and justice.

ABHMS in its announcement of the award noted, “[as a] community activist, Croft has impacted the Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter movements. In 2016, he organized “A Dialogue between Law Enforcement and a Citizen,” which helped to inform 16 best practices for police-involved shootings and helped to inform statewide guidelines. He organized a “Post Racial Society” forum at West Chester University and organized early release of the movie “Selma” in his community, followed by community conversations.”

The Dahlberg Award, presented at the biannual meeting of ABC-USA, is named for Edwin Dahlberg, who served as President of the American Baptist Churches (1946-1947) and later as President of the National Council of Churches. The first recipient of the award, in 1964, was Baptist pastor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

7 thoughts on “Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft

  1. Kenneth L. Woodson says:

    I have been deeply and positively affected by Dr. Croft in the classroom as well as in private conversation(s). The sincerity of his expressed beliefs are ever present.

  2. Congratulations Pastor Croft on this distinguished award. I am very proud to call you my pastor. I believe that the church should represent our community as well as feed our souls.

  3. Donna Roberts says:

    Pastor Croft is a blessing. God has truly chosen him for this path in life.

  4. Phillis Marshall says:

    As always it’s a pleasure hearing and informative learning what Dr. Croft has to say.

  5. Loretta Dawson says:

    Glory and praise to God, our Heavenly Father! Congratulations, Pastor Croft; remain blessed!

  6. Tangela Burnett says:

    Dr. Croft

    Congratulations to you man of God.

  7. Levi Wingard says:

    Pastor Croft is an outstanding preacher, husband, father, scholar, author, teacher, leader, activist and visionary. I am extremely pleased to see that his skills and efforts are being appropriately recognized. To God be the glory.

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