I was born on December 18, 1949 to the best parents any son could have. My parents, Erwin and Stella Crider, have always been a strong influence in my 1ife. They faithfully carried me to Church as far back as I can remember. During my dad’s pastorates, I was constantly exposed to some of the best preaching in the pulpit, not only from him, but from the many visiting preach -ers dad would have in his Church. These men greatly influenced my life both from hearing them preach and listening to them speak in our home. However, in spite of all the exposure to Church, preachers, and godly parents, I was not saved until January 11, 1975. My father baptized me a few weeks later at the Rocky Face Baptist Church.
It was during my dad’s pastorate at Poplar Springs Baptist Church that I met and eventually married Mary Lynn Holloway in 1968. For the past 51 years 1 have had the wonderful privilege of sharing my life with her. God has not blessed us with children so Mary Lynn and I only have each other. She is the most fantastic person in all the world.
Mary Lynn and I bought a small retail floral business right after we were married and we literally grew up in the business world. The florist business grew into a large company and eventually we diversified into the interior decorating and furniture business. In 2000 we sold the floral company and invest our time and effort in the interior design business. Since then we have greatly reduced our time and involvement in the decorating field and presently we only do consulting work for a select group of clients. We recognized that the ministry would never fully flourish until we reduced our involvement in the business world.
I am a graduate of West Side High School (1967), Tennessee Temple University (1986) with a BA. in Psychology, and accomplished several hours of post graduate work on a Master of Divinity degree at Temple Baptist Seminary.
I have served as intern pastor of the New Life Baptist Church and Center Hill Baptist Church. I had the wonderful opportunity of pastoring Maranatha Baptist Church in Calhoun, Georgia for over thirteen years (1986-1999). My preaching and teaching ministry presently involves Revivals, Bible Conferences, Family Life Seminars, Family Revivals, Couple’s Retreats, and Men’s Ministries.
Mary Lynn and I enjoy traveling and we have had the privilege of visiting over 30 countries and all 50 states in America.
My goal in Life is to bring honor to Christ through my life and to proclaim His message of hope through the preaching and teaching ministry that God has given to me. With His help I believe 1 can accomplish these goals and make a difference, not only for myself but for others with whom I come in contact with in life.
Mary Lynn and I presently make our home in Rocky Face, Georgia. We are members of the Grove Level Baptist Church in Dalton, Georgia. Dr. Charlie Bridges is our pastor.