Larry Terrell Crudup, M.Div.

     Larry Terrell Crudup serves as the Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. Larry received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Religion and The Arts with a minor in Secondary Education from Belmont University, Nashville, TN in May 2010. He is also a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX where he earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree.  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Ethical and Creative Leadership from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH.

     Previously, Larry served as the Assistant Pastor and Teaching & Ministry Elder of Sweet Home – The Pinnacle of Praise in Round Rock, TX under the leadership of Dr. Dante D. Wright I. Prior to his service at The Pinnacle of Praise, Larry served as the Director of Christian Education at Saint Mark Baptist Church in Dallas, TX under the leadership of Pastor Allen G. Madison. He has also served as the Research Assistant to Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, former Lois Craddox Professor of Homiletics, while attending seminary at Southern Methodist University, and holds a fellowship from The Fund for Theological Education (now The Forum for Theological Exploration). Larry was licensed and ordained at Sweet Home – The Pinnacle of Praise in Round Rock, TX.

     Larry values preaching, and the ways that it encounters public faith. More importantly, he values the voice and passion of young preaching beginning to understand their call. Larry is a charter member of the Academy of Preachers whose mission is to “Identify, Network, Support, and Inspire the Next Generation of Young Preachers.” It is with the Academy of Preachers that Larry has helped to plan National Preaching Festivals for Young Preachers, Regional Preaching Festivals for Young Preachers, and Preaching Camps. Larry has also published sermons with the Academy of Preachers, served as a mentor to young preachers, led preaching circles, and served an AoP Catalyst (the leadership team).

     Academically Larry desires to continue down the path of Pastor/Professor. Larry is currently writing his dissertation proposal. His research topic is “Enacting Our Stories: Black Christian Identity Formation and Leadership-As-Social Ethic Theory For Congregational Leadership.” He desires to write on the Black experience in narrative leadership, Leadership-as-Practice theory and congregational change with a particular research interest in narrative theory as identity formation for congregational structuring and change.

Points of Intersectionality

Narrative Leadership • Leadership-as-Practice • Strategic Change • Congregational Studies • Social Ethics


     Larry is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is married to the wonderful Jacinta Crudup, his high school sweetheart, and they have a beautiful daughter named Zoë Alana Crudup.



Church Leadership


Belmont University

August 2006 - May 2010

Bachelor of Arts in Religion and The Arts

Minor in Secondary Education

Inaugurated Eschatology


Ubuntu Philosphy

A person is a person through other persons

Southern Methodist University (Perkins School of Theology

August 2010 - May 2014

Master of Divinity

Union Institute & University

Currently Pursuing 

Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentration in Ethical and Creative Leadership

Christian Ethics

Black Liberation Theology

Virtue Ethics

Narrative Leadership

Narrative Leadership

Congregational Change