J. Gregory Crofford, PhD, Dean and PhD (Religion) Coordinator, School of Religion and Christian Ministry, Africa Nazarene University
‘Streams of Mercy: Prevenient Grace in the Theology of John and Charles Wesley,’ 2008; Dr Herbert McGonigle, supervisor
Dr Crofford’s thesis of the same title was published in monograph form in 2010 by Emeth Press.
Crofford is a veteran missionary with the Church of the Nazarene, serving as a theological educator and educational administrator. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer and the PhD (Religion) Coordinator in the Department of Religion at Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya. Past positions include Coordinator for Education and Clergy Development on the Africa Region (2012-2016), Director of the Institut Théologique Nazaréen (2009-2013), Director of the Séminaire Théologique Nazaréen d’Haïti (2004-2005), missionary to Côte d’Ivoire and Benin (1994-2003) and pastor in Sedalia, Missouri (1989-1993). Crofford is an ordained Nazarene elder, secretary of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (ASET), and a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society.
While in the United States, Dr Crofford has served as an adjunct instructor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Bible, 2011), Southern Nazarene University (Bible and Missions, 2008-09), and Northwest Nazarene University (Theology and Missions, 2004). At Northwest, he delivered the Magnum Missionary Lecture Series, an investigation of religious pluralism, with emphasis upon prevenient grace as a helpful Wesleyan rubric for addressing the issue.
In 2012, Crofford participated in the Wesley Summer Studies Seminar at Asbury Theological Seminary. His research interests currently include early Methodism, missional ecclesiology, and ecotheology.
Crofford has authored articles for EngageMagazine.com, the online missions magazine of the Church of the Nazarene, and contributed responses to the column, ‘Ask the Missionary’.
Dr Crofford addresses a variety of issues and invites dialogue on his theology blog at http://www.gregorycrofford.com/.
Select Publications and Presentations
"Religious Education," in Thomas J. Oord, ed., Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media; Advice, Tips, and Testimonials (San Diego, CA: SacraSage, 2017), 95-98.
A review of Jerry Walls' Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: A Protestant View of the Cosmic Drama (Brazos, 2015), in the Weselyan Theological Journal (Spring, 2017)
"Susanna Wesley: A Model for Christian Educators in Africa," a paper presented at the March 2017 meeting of the Africa Society for Evangelical Theology, Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya
Mere Ecclesiology: Finding Your Place in the Church's Mission (Wipf & Stock, 2016).
Commentary on Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 and 17:1-7, Isaiah 43:16-21 and Lamentations 3:19-26, featured by "A Plain Account," an online Wesleyan lectionary resource (www.aplainaccount.org)
‘From Justification to Fall from Grace: Charles Wesley’s Theology of Backsliding,’ in the Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society, Volume 21 (Summer 2017).
'3 Questions Every Church Must Answer', Holiness Today (July/August 2015), 20-23.
A review of The Public Face of African New Religious Movements in Diaspora: Imagining the Religious 'Other', ed. Afe Adogame, African Studies Quarterly 15/4 (September 2015), 87-89.
30 Minutes Avec Dieu (Africa Nazarene Publications, 2015), a 365 day daily devotional guide (in French).
A review of S.T. Kimbrough Jr.'s The Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley: A Reader (Cascade Books, 2011), in the Wesleyan Theological Journal (Spring, 2015).
'When Slavery is Freedom: Toward a Servitude of Love', in Joshua Broward and Thomas Jay Oord, eds, Renovating Holiness (Nampa, ID: SacraSage Press, 2014), 201-204.
'Christus Victor: A Wesleyan Appraisal of sub-Saharan Power Christology’, in Didache: Faithful Learning 12 (Summer 2012), online: http://didache.nazarene.org.
‘Divine Healing: The Lost Estate?’, The Preacher’s Magazine, 67:3 (Mar/Apr/May 1992), 19-21.
'Grace to All did Freely Move: Thoughts on Charles Wesley's 1741/42 Hymns on God's Everlasting Love', Wesley and Methodist Studies 6 (2014).
‘Let Them Call for the Elders of the Church: Divine Healing and the Church of the Nazarene in South Africa’, a paper co-written with Rev Mashangu Maluleka for the Third Global Theology Conference of the Church of the Nazarene, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2014; appeared in Didache: Faithful Teaching13:2 (January 2014).
‘Sanctified Afflictions: John Wesley on Temptation’, a paper presented to the March 2013 meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society.
The Dark Side of Destiny: Hell Re-Examined (Wipf & Stock, 2013).
Six articles for the GlobalWesleyan Dictionary of Theology (Beacon Hill Press, 2013), including entries on sin, prevenient grace, and predestination-election.
A review of Jeremy Smith’s The Staircase of a Patron: Sierra Leone and The United Brethren in Christ, Wesleyan Theological Journal (Fall 2013).
A review of James Schwenk’s Catholic Spirit: Wesley, Whitefield, and the Quest for Evangelical Unity in Eighteenth-Century British Methodism (Scarecrow, 2008), in the Wesleyan Theological Journal (Spring, 2012)
The foreword to the revised French edition of John Knight’s All Loves Excelling (L’Amour Par Excellence), Édition Foi et Sainteté, 2011.
A review of Kenneth Collins’ The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace, appearing in the Wesleyan Theological Journal (Fall, 2008).