Joseph R. Crider

Dean of the School of Church Music and Worship; Professor of Church Music and Worship

Joseph R. Crider


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Doctor of Arts in Performance and Pedagogy, University of Northern Colorado; Master of Arts in Performance, Bowling Green State University; Bachelor of Music, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Crider serves as dean and professor of church music and worship in the School of Church Music and Worship.  He is passionate about training the next generation of worship leaders and encouraging pastors and worship leaders to embrace the Bible as their guide for corporate worship.

Prior to serving on the faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Crider taught at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberty University, Southwest Baptist University, and Westmont College and served on pastoral staffs of nearby churches.

Dr. Crider is a frequent speaker and clinician at worship conferences and churches. He has contributed articles to various publications and seminars. Dr. Crider is the author of Scripture-Guided Worship: A Call to Pastors and Worship Leaders (Seminary Hill Press, 2021). Dr. Crider has been married to Amy for 36 years and they have four children and three grandchildren.

Select Publications:

  • Scripture-Guided Worship: A Call to Pastors and Worship Leaders (Seminary Hill Press, 2021).

.@Baylor's Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service is awarded to individuals whose contributions to Christian ministry have made an immeasurable impact.

And this year’s Medal of Service is awarded to our own Dr. Rebekah Naylor, Distinguished Professor of Missions!

Del 14 al 18 de enero, más de 100 estudiantes de 10 países y 18 estados participaron en una semana de cursos intensivos en español como parte del programa de Maestría de Estudios Teológicos (MET) en #SWBTS.

More than 100 students from 10 nations and 18 states participated in a week of intensive courses in Spanish for the Master of Theological Studies (Maestría de Estudios Teológicos - MET) program at #SWBTS, Jan. 14-18.

You know what we find exciting? Welcoming home a new group of Southwesterners as they begin their theological training.

On Friday, a fresh class of students was welcomed to Seminary Hill during New Student Orientation for Spring 2022.

This week on the Hill:
- FREE #SWBTSRunners shirts
- Live Q&A with our Professional Doctoral Studies directors (and a new DMin and DEdMin concentration)
- Upcoming campus events
- and more!