PhD-Music Education, Auburn University 1998
MA-Piano Performance, Marshall University, 1993
BS-Piano, Liberty University, 1985
BS-Finance, Liberty University, 1985
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About Dr. Crum
Dr. Crum began studying piano at the age of 5 with Joan Love Parker, and then continued with her mother, Harriet Love, until attending college. Throughout high school, he won numerous competitions in piano, piano duet, and piano/organ duet at Tennessee Temple and Bob Jones Universities.
In graduate school as a teaching assistant, he realized his love for helping students learn. Meanwhile, he began developing his passion for administrating large events and working in fund raising through an internship with the Huntington Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Crum taught all levels of music theory, applied piano, secondary piano, and group organ hymnplaying at Pensacola Christian College. Through his position as the Rejoice Telecast organist, he became widely recognized as an organist. Listeners frequently commented that, although they do not care for the organ, they enjoy his playing and appreciate his original and energetic hymn accompanying.
After leaving Pensacola, Dr. Crum became Professor and Chair of Music at Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School, Winston-Salem, NC. He brought renewed energy to their music programs as he retooled the curriculum and relocated the department to modern facilities. He founded the Music Academy at Piedmont, which began with 20 students and surged to 300 students within two years. Due to this growth, he was promoted to Director of Advancement/Special Assistant to the President.
Through these positions, the Lord prepared him to come to Maranatha and serve as Director of Communications. “Playing a huge organ or presenting large scale music events which motivate an audience to take a desired action is more similar to managing the perception of Maranatha and the numerous communications than most people realize,” Crum said. “I love to see the students learn a new skill and then use it for the Lord.”
Dr. Crum’s Ministry
Dr. Crum is an organist and choir member at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown.