Our Pastor



A. Elaine Crawford was reared and educated in the Indianapolis public school system.  Dr. Crawford has a rich and varied background within the field of theology that encompasses the areas of administration, teaching, preaching, lecturing, writing, and ministry.

Dr. Crawford’s experience in the theological educational arena has been numerous. She has served as an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Samuel Dewitt Procter School of Theology. Dr. Crawford served as a Visiting Scholar for the Center for Christian Women in Richmond, Virginia. She has taught religion courses at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia as an Adjunct Professor of Religion. She served as the Coordinator of the Womanist Scholars Program for the Office of Black Women in Church and Society at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). In addition to her parish responsibilities, Dr. Crawford taught at the ITC in the area of theology, and ethics as an adjunct professor. Dr Crawford teaches in the Course of Study Program at Candler School of Theology and served as a Leadership Resource Consultant to young Black female seminarians in the Black Women in Ministerial Leadership Program at ITC.

Dr. Crawford is an ordained Elder in Full connection in the North Georgia Conference (NGC). She served at Ousley UMC and on the staff and as an Associate Pastor at Ben Hill United Methodist Church for six years. Dr Crawford was appointed as Sr. Pastor of Cumberland UMC June 15, 2007 and served in that capacity for three years. She was appointed to the historic Cascade UMC in June of 2010 where she served as the Pastor of Programs before being appointed Sr Pastor at Newnan Chapel UMC. Dr. Crawford currently serves as the University Chaplain/ Director of Religious Life at Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Crawford is a highly sought after preacher both nationally and internationally. She was a keynote preacher for the renowned Sandy F. Ray Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, and preacher for the Ellison Convocation, Samuel Dewitt Procter School of Theology, and Lecturer at Trinity College, Accra in Ghana West Africa.

Dr. Crawford has extensive list of publications including devotional commentaries, books, articles, and book reviews. Her book, Hope in the Holler, was published by Westminster John Knox and has been well received in the academy and the church. She authored an Advent devotional – The Lord is Our Light, which was released in September 2014. Most recently she served as editor and contributing author for the Spring 2016 edition of the  collegiate journal The Term: A Journal for the Campus by the Campus.

Dr. Crawford has completed several degrees – notably she worked in the private sector as a registered nurse and holds a Degree in Nursing from Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona; the Master of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Procter School of Theology where she graduated summa cum laude (Valedictorian). Dr Crawford is the first African American woman to earn, a PH.D in Historical Theology from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond Virginia. Her awards and honors are numerous and include the Funds for Theological Education Benjamin E. Mays Scholars Fellowship, 2011 Distinguished Scholar in Religion by the Consortium of Doctors and 2013 she studied in Oxford England and became a certified member of the Oxford Round Table. Most recently, she received the Trailblazer Award, 2015, for her contributions to the church and the community.

Dr Crawford has 3 saved adult children and 12 blessed grandchildren. Her personal testimony is “To God be the Glory for great things God has done”.