The Rev. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., DMin, PhD, will be joining the faculty of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) beginning with the Spring 2011 semester, according to LTSP President the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey. Dr. Croft is pastor of The Church of the Redeemer Baptist in South Philadelphia, and is well known as a preacher and teacher. He served as one of the preachers for the 2010 Preaching with Power series, sponsored by LTSP's Urban Theological Institute. Dr. Croft will join the seminary faculty as the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies, as well as remaining pastor at The Church of the Redeemer. He has served as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University.
Dr. Croft earned a Doctor of Ministry, with distinction, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “You Jes’ Wait A Little: A Comparison of the Motif of Hope in African American Preaching During the Slave and Post-Civil War Periods.” He holds a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary), a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Trinity College, and an Associates degree from Pinebrook Junior College.
Pastor of The Church of the Redeemer Baptist since June 1993, Dr. Croft believes that the academy, the pulpit, and the community need to be connected, and he plans to remain in the pulpit at Redeemer as he teaches at LTSP to maintain that connection. During his tenure at Redeemer the membership has grown from 177 to over 1,900. Dr. Croft serves as founder of the Redeemer Renaissance Community Development Corporation, Dean of the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association, is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and has been inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Croft's sermons, along with the article What Does it Mean to Preach Biblically Today (Winter 2003), have been published in The African American Pulpit, and he has also contributed to the book “From One Brother to Another: Voices of African-American Men, Volume II" (Judson Press).