Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield

B.S.B.A., University of Tennessee Martin
M.S. Mgt. University of Arkansas
M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
D.Min., Memphis Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


interim vice president of academic affairs & academic Dean _____________ clara scott chair of church and ministry _____________ Professor of Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, and Youth Ministry

Carmichael Crutchfield joined the faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary in Fall 2012. His research interests include Human Development, the Human Brain, Teaching and Learning issues, the Formation and Nurture of Christians, Contemplative Pedagogy, African American Adolescent Males, Discipleship, and Critical Pedagogy.

Dr. Crutchfield has published a book chapter, written book reviews, given scholarly presentations at Religious Education Association meetings and beyond. He has published two books with Judson Press. The Formation of A People: Christian Education and The African American Church; Pressing Forward: Faith, Culture and African American Youth.

 Most notably, he gave the Spring 2015 Bowen Lectures, featuring his research in the field of Critical Pedagogy, at Memphis Theological Seminary. He has given hundreds of ecclesial presentations/workshops/seminars across the United States and beyond.

He is also the General Secretary of the Department of Christian Education of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where he has written and published numerous curricula, including the first published Vacation Bible School material for his denomination.




In addition, Dr. Crutchfield has published numerous articles in his denomination’s Sunday school curriculum as the Managing Editor and written several articles in the denomination’s official periodical, The Christian Index. Dr. Crutchfield is a fully ordained and full connectional clergy person in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as a full-time pastor and a supply pastor.

Dr. Crutchfield likes to think of himself using a term he first heard from Dr. James Cone, “spiritual intellectual.”  His work in the church and the academy compliment each other and he considers them intertwined as an academy-church or church-academy ministry. He is a former board member of Religious Education Association and Miles College. Presently, he serves as a board member of Lane College, Paine College and Phillips School of Theology.  He is a life time member of the NAACP and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Learn more about Dr. Crutchfield’s research, teaching, and ministry.