Mark Andrew Croston, D.Min. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three years after the death of his first wife, Dr. Croston married his current wife, Brenda. This blended family has four children.
Dr. Croston is the author or contributor to several books including What About Me?: Staying Healthy and Whole While Helping Others; Big Results: Sunday School and Black Church Life; Removing the Stain of Racism from the SBC; The Chosen Path; Seeds of Hope: Liberia and Virginia Baptists; From My Heart to Yours; and Worship: How to Say to God I Love You. His doctoral dissertation is titled Intentional Christian Education in a Rural-Urban African American Church and Community. He is a sought-after Conference Presenter, Revival Preacher and a man on Mission, Dr Croston has traveled in almost 40 countries.
Dr. Croston served as Christian Education Director at the Christian Mission Fellowship Baptist Church is Philadelphia, PA; Youth Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, Kentucky; and twenty-six years as Lead Pastor, East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Virginia. He currently serves as National Director of Black Church Ministries at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee; General Editor and Writer for the YOU Urban Bible Study curriculum; Executive Editor of Deacon Magazine, Teaching Pastor of Christ Fellowship, Miami, Florida and Executive Pastor of Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, Dr. Croston has been conferred the title of Pastor Emeritus of East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, Virginia.
Dr. Croston has served as President of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention; President of the Baptist General Association of Virginia; President of the Virginia Baptist State Convention, and Chairman of the Suffolk City School Board.
Dr. Croston believes as Henri J.M. Nouwen said, “Nobody can minister to his fellow man when he is unwilling to deny himself in order to create the space where God can do His work.” (Creative Ministry, p.50)
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