An “Excellent” Teacher: Dr. John Crutchfield

Dr. John Crutchfield (right) is presented with the Excellence In Teaching award by CIU president Dr. Mark Smith.
April 14, 2021

Longtime Columbia International University Bible Professor Dr. John Crutchfield is being honored for his teaching with the 2021 Excellence In Teaching Award from SCICU (South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities).

A faculty member from each of SCICU’s 20 member colleges and universities is nominated for the award according to rigorous guidelines.

Crutchfield is a 20-year member of the CIU faculty and is a CIU alumnus. He earned an M.A. in Hebrew Old Testament and a B.A. in Bible and Humanities from CIU. He holds a Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Ohio). His dissertation titled “Circles of Context: An Interpretation of Psalms 107-118,” was published by Paternoster Press in 2000.

Crutchfield’s CIU course load includes Survey of the Old Testament, Biblical Hermeneutics, and the Old Testament books of Exodus, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Jeremiah and the New Testament book, Gospel of Matthew.

In addition to his CIU teaching responsibilities, Crutchfield’s publishing experience includes serving on a committee of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), which produced the “New Coverdale Psalter,” a revision of the traditional “Coverdale Psalter,” for inclusion in ACNA’s 2019 “Book of Common Prayer.”

Crutchfield is an ordained Anglican clergyman and has served two churches in Ohio. He is currently an assisting priest at Church of the Apostles in Columbia. He was a visiting professor at New Life Bible College in Moscow (Russia) in 2000, and has served as a visiting professor at Lanka Bible College and Seminary (Sri Lanka) on several occasions.

Each year the 20 award recipients receive a framed award certificate and a $3,000 professional development grant.

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