- Ph.D. Student in Practical Theology, Concentration: Church and Society
Brandon Thomas Crowley (pronounced kroh-lee) is a Ph.D. candidate in Practical Theology at The Boston University School of Theology concentrating in Church and Society. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Morehouse College, graduating magnum cum laude and garnering the honor of being his graduating classes’ top ranking scholar in religion. Morehouse College named him the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Scholar in 2008. He earned a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Sociology and Religion from HDS where he was a Presidential Scholar, the National Baptist J.H. Jackson Scholar and the Hopkins Scholar for Religious Diversity and Parish Ministry. He wrote his thesis on The Demonization of Honesty: How the Black Church Subconsciously Deifies the Closet. In the spring of 2012, Brandon graduated with a second masters in sacred theology from the Boston University School of Theology. While completing this second masters, Brandon was granted two Springboard Fellowships to study in Israel/Palestine and Turkey. While in Turkey, Brandon studied and analyzed the social and religious contexts of nascent Christianity in ancient Ephesus by examining the city’s extant material culture. While in Israel/Palestine, Brandon studied with Israeli and Palestinian religious leaders on the negative affects of Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Brandon completed a second thesis for his second masters entitled Unveiling Secrets: A multidiscipline academic examination of Bishop Eddie Lee Long’s Homophobic Sermon “Back to the future”.
During his tenure as a graduate student, Brandon has been rewarded over five hundred thousand dollars in scholarships. He has been named the Charles E. Jefferson Scholar, William and Anna Lowstuter Fellow Roswell Robinson Fellow, Springboard Fellow, Harvard University Presidential Scholar, The J.H. Jackson Harvard Divinity School National Baptist Scholar, The Harvard Hopkins Scholar, and the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Scholar.
Brandon is also the proud Senior Pastor of The Historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton, Massachusetts. As a prodigious church added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008, Myrtle Baptist Church was founded by freed slaves in 1874 and exists as one of the oldest black churches in New England. During Brandon’s short four years as the Pastor of Myrtle, the church has paid off its mortgage, hired part-time employees, started eighteen new ministries, financially and tangibly supported the Brookview House of Dorchester that provides assistance to homeless mothers, adopted the Boston City Mission, and increased its membership by 200 persons making it Newton’s and one of Boston’s fastest growing congregations.