Mark Croston

Mark A. Croston

National Director of Black Church Partnerships at LifeWay

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One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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(615) 251-2000

General Information


President - Virginia Baptist State Convention

Senior Pastor - East End Baptist Church

President - National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention


University of Pennsylvania

doctor of ministry degreeVirginia Union University

master of divinity degreeSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary


Trustee - Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Pastor - Suffolk Public Schools

Moderator - Portsmouth

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Black church, family conference marks 25 years

The only year Mark Croston didn't attend was when obligations at his former pastorate, East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Virginia, kept him away.
"Churches from across the country have participated and been blessed by this event," said Croston, who resigned his pastorate in 2013 to serve as LifeWay's national director of Black Church Partnerships. "Many who have attended over the years have watched their children grow up together and become lifelong friends. Some are serving in ministry and others are in seminary today preparing for ministry careers." The conference theme, "Still Turning Things Around," is based on Isaiah 45:22-25 and is also the focus of the fall 2018 YOU Bible Study curriculum, LifeWay's urban and multicultural series. 2018 marks the curriculum's 10th anniversary, Croston said. The conference is designed to encompass transformation and leisure, Croston said. "While other events have come and gone, Black Church Leadership and Family Conference still seeks to provide the relevant and transformational training that our churches need to meet the challenges of today." Croston credits several Southern Baptist Convention groups, the Woman's Missionary Union and the National African American Fellowship of the for the event's longevity. "For the past 25 years, LifeWay Christian Resources, IMB (International Mission Board), NAMB (North American Mission Board), GuideStone, WMU and NAAF have been coming together to provide training and inspiration in the African-American cultural context at Black Church Leadership and Family Conference," Croston said. "In these latter years, the SBC Executive Committee, the ERLC (Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission) and several of our seminaries have partnered as well." Biblical edification, worship, fellowship and recreation highlight the event that Croston describes as "a grand reunion of old and new.

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Mobile App Event - Black Church Leadership and Family Conference 2018

Mark Croston, Sr.
National Director Black Church Partnerships, LifeWay

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Anyone involved in urban ministry can benefit from the annual Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17-21 in Ridgecrest, N.C., organizer Mark Croston told Baptist Press (BP).
"Would it surprise you to know that black people are not the only ones at Black Church Leadership and Family Conference? LifeWay executive Mark Croston said. A new children's Sunday School curriculum companion to the popular You study series, culturally relevant books authored by Southern Baptists, and a new schedule designed to allow greater participation in more than 100 workshops are in store for the entire family, said Croston, LifeWay's national director for black church partnerships. "Other conferences are typically great for adults or youth or children," Croston said.

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