Educational Ministry in the Small Membership Church
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Carmichael D. Crutchfield, D.Min., Ph.D. is Clara Scott Chair of Church and Ministry and Professor of Christian Education, Spiritual Formation and Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS) General Secretary of Department of Christian Education and Formation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. He is pastor of Mother Liberty CME Church in Jackson, TN.

He holds the B.S. Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Tennessee Martin and the Master of Science Degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from MTS and a Ph.D. in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (GETS).

Crutchfield is an ordained elder in the CME Church and has served in church ministry for over 30 years in the denomination.

Aside from teaching youth ministry, Spiritual Formation and Christian education, pastoring, preaching and teaching nationally and internationally; being a community and a national leader, including serving on several College Boards of Trustees, he has written many articles and books on youth, discipleship, spiritual formation, faith formation, and Christian education. His newest literary contribution, Forming A People: African American Christian Education, is scheduled to be released fall 2020 by Judson Press.  

Because of this work, he has been recognized with numerous awards including being recognized as one of GETS’s forty-five outstanding African-American Alumni and received the Seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus Award May 2017. He is a life member of Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the NAACP. He was recently married to the Rev. Freda Hall Crutchfield.