Bishop George Crenshaw
Central Southern Africa Episcopal District

Bishop George Crenshaw



Born in Jefferson County Alabama, George Crenshaw was ordained as a Christian Minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1986. He is married to the former Laurenna Hardy of Birmingham, Alabama and is the father of two children Quentin Dewayne and Kennedy Diane.

Dr. Crenshaw has had a blessed and productive life in ministry having served in the capacities of Pastor and Presiding Elder. As a pastor, Dr. Crenshaw has served in Calcis, Alabama; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cheraw, SC; Lancaster SC, and presently is serving in Smyrna, Georgia at the Shaw Temple A.M.E Zion Church. His position as Presiding Elder has placed him in the Indianapolis District, Cheraw-Bennettsville District and Lancaster District.

Among his many accolades, Dr. Crenshaw holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from both Clinton College and Livingstone College; a B.A. from Indiana University, a Masters of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary, and a high school diploma from McAdory High School in McCalla, Alabama.

Dr. Crenshaw has exercised his dominant spiritual gifts of Administration, Teaching, Shepherding and Preaching to fashion a ministry designed to empower and edify.

In addition to his educational accomplishments, Dr. Crenshaw has held many outstanding memberships and positions as well as having been recognized for many distinguished acclaims. He has served as president of the Cheraw Branch of the NAACP. He is a member of the A.M.E. Zion Connectional Budget Board and served as First Vice President of the Presiding Elder’s Council 2001-2005. Pastor Crenshaw is a past board member of the Chesterfield General Hospital, Cheraw SC.

Dr. Crenshaw is a five time delegate to the A.M.E Zion Church General Conference, delegate to the 2001 World Methodist Conference in Brighton, England, 2006 World Methodist Conference in Seoul Korea and 2011 World Methodist Conference in South Africa. Dr. Crenshaw served as an Executive Board Member for the period 2006-11.

He is a 2000 James Varick Freedom Medal recipient and is a past President of Hood Theological Seminary Student Government Association. Dr. Crenshaw was a contributing Writer of the A.M.E Zion Church Christian Education Manual 2002.

He was recognized as the 1999 “Man of the Year” by the Lambda Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and recipient of the “Outstanding Community Leader” award from the Bennettsville Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Crenshaw is a community activist and was recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Cheraw Branch of the NAACP.

He is the founder of the Zion Center Community Development Cooperation in Cheraw, SC as well as the founder of the Cheraw-Bennettsville District A.M.E Zion Church Mass Choir.

Dr. Crenshaw presently serves as Chairman of the Budget Committee, Home Missions Treasurer, Vice Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, and Member of the Admissions Committee and Conference Examiners for the Georgia Conference of the A.M.E Zion Church. Pastor Crenshaw is Founder and President of the Shaw Temple Biblical and Leadership Institute.

Dr. Crenshaw is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a Life member of the Connectional Lay Council of the A.M.E. Zion Church and a Life member of the NAACP. Pastor Crenshaw received the 2011 Atlanta Gospel Choice Award as one of the "Chosen 10 Pastors" in the State of Georgia.


 

  • December 25, 2017
    Merry Christmas
    Galatians 4:4-5
    But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
  • January 1, 2018
    Happy New Year
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away, behold, all things are become new!
  • January 15, 2018
    Martin Luther King Jr Day
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday for more information.
  • February 12-16, 2018
    Board of Bishops' and International Ministers & Lay Association Meeting
    Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
    235 East Main Street
    Norfolk, VA
    Register by February 5, 2018!
  • February 14, 2018
    Ash Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday is always celebrated on a Wednesday seven weeks prior to Easter Sunday. For Christians, the day marks the first day of Lent and the starting of 6 weeks of fasting and penance.
  • February 14-March 29, 2018
    Lent
    Lent begins on Ash Wednesday each year and for Christians starts the 40 day period of fasting. The day represents the 40 days Jesus spend fasting in the wilderness.
  • February 14, 2018
    Valentine's Day
    We love because he first loved us 1 John 4:19
  • March 11, 2018
    Daylight Savings Time
    Spring forward - Turn your clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (At 2 a.m. on March 11th, the clocks after they are moved forward an hour, will read 3 a.m. local daylight time).

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