Dr. Crawford Loritts
Background: In January of 1964, Crawford committed his life to Christ during a Sunday morning service at the Community Church of God in Plainfield, NJ. In 1966 at the age of 16 Crawford acknowledged his calling to preach the gospel. 1968-1972 attended Philadelphia Biblical University (PBU), graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible with an emphasis on pastoral studies.
Ministry: In March, 1972 Crawford was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Christ Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. 1972-1976 served as a national evangelist with the American Missionary Fellowship (AMF). During these years he traveled throughout the US and the Caribbean, preaching in churches and evangelistic outreaches. 1976-1978 served as an evangelist and church planter with the Urban Evangelistic Mission. Co-founded Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. Founded Canton Bible Church in Canton, Mississippi. Continued to preach at churches and outreaches. 1978-2005, in 1978 Crawford and Karen joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) serving as a traveling speaker, ministering to both college students and the lay community. Crawford served as Associate Director, CCC-USA. In this capacity he gave input to the overall direction of CCC in the US, mentored younger leaders, and served as a representative of the organization through his speaking and writing ministry. 2005-Present, Sr. Pastor Fellowship Bible Church.
Family: Crawford and Karen were married in May, 1971. Karen speaks at marriage and family conferences with Crawford and she is a popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats. They have four grown children: Bryan is the primary teaching pastor at Fellowship Bible Church, Memphis,TN. Bryan is married to Korie, and they have three sons. Heather and her husband Rick live in Memphis. They have a son and a daughter. Bryndan, and his wife Lucretia, live in Nashviile, where he is the Senior Pastor at Harvest Chapel, Nashville Central. Bryndan and Lucretia have two girls. Holly and her husband, Charles are both doctors and have one daughter. They presently reside in Grand Rapids, MI.
Speaking: Crawford's speaking engagements have included evangelistic outreaches, conferences, conventions, churches, colleges and seminaries. He is a frequent speaker for professional sports teams, including three Super Bowls and the NCAA Final Four Chapel. He has spoken to gatherings of senior military officers at the Pentagon. He is a featured speaker at Promise Keepers men's conferences. He and his wife, Karen, are featured speakers at Family Life's marriage and parenting conferences. He is a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Crawford is also the host of "Living A Legacy", a daily radio program heard on 330 outlets by approximately 500,000 per week.
Writing: Crawford has written numerous articles and has written seven books: Leadership as an Identity, A Passionate Commitment, Never Walk Away, Make It Home Before Dark, Lessons From A Life Coach, Developing Character In Your Child (co-authored with his wife, Karen) and For A Time We Cannot See. Books on Amazon.com.
Education: Crawford holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia Biblical University, a Doctor of Divinity from Biola University, a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Philadelphia Biblical University.
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