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GST Faculty Announcement

The Graduate School of Theology is pleased to announce that Dr. Wes Crawford will join the
GST faculty June 1, 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Modern and American Church History. He
will also be named the Director of the Center for Restoration studies replacing Dr. Doug Foster
who retired last year. Dr. Crawford received his Ph.D. and MA from Vanderbilt University in
2008, MDiv from Abilene Christian University in 2002, and BA from Lubbock Christian
University in 1998. He currently serves as the Senior Minister at the Glenwood Church of Christ
in Tyler Texas. Previously, Dr. Crawford served as an Associate Professor of Church History at
Lubbock Christian University. Many GST students will know Dr. Crawford’s outstanding
teaching gifts because he has taught two church history classes online since 2012. Some of his
publications and presentations include:

  • “Race and Racism in American Christianity.” In Shadows of Slavery, edited by James
    Gorman, Mark Hamilton, and Jeff Childers. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019.
  • “What Makes Reconciliation So Difficult for Us?” 2016 Race and Restoration
    Summit. Joplin, MO (February 2016).
  • Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from
    Segregation to Independence. Abilene: ACU Press, 2013.

Dr. Crawford, his wife, Kim, and their four children

Dr. Crawford’s summer schedule includes teaching two courses: Spirituality of the Black Church
(May 20-24, 2019 in Abilene) and Issues in Global Christianity (online).

We are delighted to welcome Wes and his wife Kim. They have four children, Anna, Elizabeth,
Luke, and Benjamin. Wes brings strong academic credentials, experience in the classroom, and
ministerial leadership gifts to our students. His love for churches makes him a great fit for our
mission of training men and women for Christian service.