Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft Sr.
THE REVEREND DR. WAYNE E. CROFT SR., serves as the Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, PA. Prior to this assignment, he served The Church of the Redeemer Baptist in Philadelphia for a total of 20 years. He also serves as The Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies at United Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Dr. Croft is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., NAACP, as well as President of the NAACP West Chester Branch. He is also a prolific writer. The African American Pulpit Journal published his sermons; The Promise Guaranteed, A Candidate for the Hall of Faith and his article entitled What Does it Mean to Preach Biblically Today. He is the author of the book Unexpected Calls to Unexpected Places, My Journey to St. Paul’s, Pretty Poison: Seven Deadly Sins and The Motif of Hope in African American Preaching During Slavery and PostCivil War: There’s A Bright Side Somewhere. He has published articles in the Past Master section of Preaching Magazine; “John Jasper: Preaching with Authority”, “E. K. Bailey: Expositor of the Word” and “Gardner C. Taylor: Poet Laureate and Dean of Preachers.” Dr. Croft graduated Magna Cum Laude from Trinity College earning a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary), Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated with distinction from Drew University earning a Doctor of Ministry, Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy. Dr. Croft is married to Dr. Lisa Croft, a family physician. They have three children, Darlene, an attorney, Wayne Jr., a recent graduate of Morehouse College, Candace Nicole a senior at Spelman College and a granddaughter Patterson.