First Baptist Church Senior Pastor

Dr. Michael C. Crawford
Dr. Crawford was called of God and acknowledged by the church to serve as our Pastor on October 28, 2018, preaching his first message as our Pastor on December 2, 2018. Prior to his call to FBC, he served as the Senior Pastor at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Austell, GA from March of 2009. He also served as the Associate Pastor at Pinehurst Baptist Church in Columbus, GA.  Pastor Michael is also a veteran, having served in the United States Army for twenty-one years.

Dr. Crawford is originally from California, having graduated from Fresno High School in 1983 followed by his entrance into military service. After serving for 21 years, he recognized his call by God to serve in full time Christian ministry and began his formal education. Dr. Crawford graduated from Troy State University with a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management and received both of his Master of Arts in Theological Studies and Master of Divinity in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. In May of 2018, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice College and Seminary.

Dr. Crawford and his wife are avid Atlanta Braves fans, enjoy running, biking, and hiking together. There preferred vacation is taking cruises in the Caribbean and spending time with their grandchildren (yes, this includes their children as well). He is an amateur numismatist and beginner bass guitar player, both of which he enjoys regardless of his status. 

Dr. Crawford married his High School sweetheart, Deborah in December of 1986 (you figure out how long that is and remind him when you have the chance). Michael and Deborah have two adult and married daughters, Cherish (Chris) Ehrhart and Catheryn (Alex) Lindsey, a granddaughter (Luna), grandson (Landon), and a grandson on the way (Judah).