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.