Professor. Researcher. Writer. Speaker.
Dr. Christina Crenshaw is a professor, researcher, writer, and human trafficking fighter. She is also an advocate for the integration of faith and culture. Dr. Crenshaw frequently speaks and writes on topics related The Church and biblically-rooted justice, integrating faith and work, and human trafficking prevention education. She is especially passionate about vocational leadership, a theological framework that underscores all she engages. Vocational leadership is a lens that helps people of faith not only discern their calling but also discover how best to lead in their spheres of influence from a Biblical worldview and for the common good.
Dr. Crenshaw is an interdisciplinary educator. She earned a PhD in Education with an emphasis in English from Baylor University. She has nearly 20 years of experience with both secondary and post-secondary education. For 15 years, she has taught English, Education, and Leadership Studies courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She taught as an Assistant Professor at California Baptist University and as a full-time Lecturer at Baylor University, where she currently teaches. Additionally, Dr. Crenshaw has held executive leadership positions as a Director of Leadership Studies and a Program Director for a Lilly Endowment grant at Baylor. Recently, she completed a postdoctoral Cultural Engagement and Leadership Fellowship through Dallas Theological Seminary, where she continues to take coursework toward a Masters in Biblical Studies. Before working in higher education, she taught high school English for 4 years.
As an extension of her faith and leadership framework, Dr. Crenshaw frequently speaks on human trafficking prevention at academic conferences and workshops. She has spoken at The Texas Governor's Human Trafficking Task Force, Shared Hope International, Point Loma Nazarene University, The University of Nebraska, The University of Texas, Texas Education Agency Region 11,12, 13 and several other educational venues and organizations.
Dr. Crenshaw has served several organizations and boards. She has worked with anti-human trafficking organizations such as The A21 Campaign, UnBound Now, The Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition, The Texas Governor's Human Trafficking Task Force, and Operation Mobilization’s Freedom Climb. Dr. Crenshaw served as Prevention Chair of the Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition for 3 years (2015-2018). Propel Women’s Brain Trust during its launch year (2015-2016) as well as Baylor's Leadership Lecture Series Board (2015-2017).
Outside of the academy, Dr. Crenshaw has also been invited to speak at ministry and church conferences. In these spaces, she shares on the topics of vocational leadership, cultural engagement, and faith and justice integration. Some of the events at which she has spoken include Propel Women, Christian Leadership Alliance, Operation Mobilization, The Association for Women in Ministry, The Justice Conference, The Thread, and the W Leadership Conference.
Perhaps what she enjoys most is her role as wife and mother. She and her husband, Craig, reside in Waco, TX with their two young boys Christopher and Corban. They have been actively involved in Antioch Community Church for 18 years. In her free moments, Dr. Crenshaw enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and discovering new restaurants.