steve crouse

Stephen G. Crouse, PhD

Professor of Spiritual Formation and Ministry
Senior Campus Pastor | Chief Spiritual Formation Officer
Unit: Christian Studies, Executive Leadership Council, Online Christian Ministries
Location: Tigerville, SC

“The leadership principle that you cannot lead anyone any further than you are willing to go is foundational to spiritual formation.”
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Christian Studies and Youth Ministry.


    • B.S., Gardner-Webb University
    • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • D.Min., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes serving local churches in youth ministry and worship leadership for 15 years, Executive Leadership as Vice President for Campus Ministries at NGU for 28 years, and teaching in higher education for 28 years.

  • Articles Published

    A History of Baptist Frontier Church Planting.”

    “Review of Kenneth A. Mathews and Sydney Park, The Post-Racial Church: A Biblical Framework for Multiethnic Reconciliation. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2011.” In Great Commission Research Journal 4, no. 1 (Summer 2012): 130-33.

  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes:

    • Dr. Chuck Lawless, Dean of Doctoral Studies, Vice-President of Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers, and Professor of Evangelism and Missions at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the Team leader for Theological Education Strategists for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
    • Dr. Adam W. Greenway, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Scarborough College.
    • Dr. J. D. Payne, Professor of Christian Ministry at Samford University.
    • Dr. Ken Hemphill, author, professor, pastor, former President or Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
    • Dr. Timothy K. Beougher, Associate Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
    • Clayton King, Founder and President of Crossroads Summer Camps, Crossroads Missions, and Clayton King Ministries. Clayton is also a teaching pastor at NewSpring Church.
  • My Story

    I recognized that I was a sinner in need of a savior, repented of my sins, and in faith received Christ at the age of 7. When I was nine, I began to sense God’s call into full time Christian service. During summer camp at Fort Caswell, NC, I surrendered to this calling when I was 17. While playing football and baseball in high school in Graham, NC, I had many opportunities to share my faith with others. At Gardner-Webb University, I focused on my studies as a double major in psychology and religion and devoted my time to a traveling Christian band singing and playing guitar. I graduated magna cum laude after earning the annual psychology scholastic award. Upon earning my college degree, I continued to travel with the band and began serving in youth ministry at a local church. As I began my M.Div. at Southeastern part-time as I continued to serve as a minister of youth and as a worship leader. I answered the call to join the NGU administration as an Executive Leader and Campus Minister in 1991, becoming Vice President for Campus Ministries in 2005. In 2018, my role shifted to Senior Campus Pastor/Chief Spiritual Formation Officer/Professor of Spiritual Formation and Ministry. I have invested my life in spiritual formation and discipling others. My greatest joys come from observing God’s powerful work through our graduates all over the world. Since 1992, I have taught in the College of Christian Studies, normally teaching one class a semester. In my current role, I teach two courses a semester at the undergraduate level, online, or at the Graduate School.

    Favorite Course to Teach:

    Spiritual Formation at the Graduate School. Most of these students are serving in some form of ministry. It is an encouragement to stretch their understanding of growing in Christ through spiritual disciplines and biblical spirituality.

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