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Joshua Crockett, BJU's New President

Josh Crockett Selected as the New BJU President

Joshua Crockett

On May 7, 2024, Bob Jones University’s Board of Trustees announced the election of Joshua Crockett—a man who has faithfully served the Lord for nearly 20 years in ministry—as BJU’s sixth president.

“I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for giving me this opportunity to lead Bob Jones University and excited to work with our incredible students, faculty and staff as we move toward our 100th year in 2027. I’m committed to BJU’s mission and to giving students the best possible spiritual and academic training to prepare them to fulfill God’s calling on their lives.”

Prior to being elected as BJU’s president, he served as senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church and head of Indiana Christian Academy in Anderson, Indiana. In that role, he shepherded the school through the 2008 recession, gained accreditation and oversaw significant growth in both organizations.

Since 2015, he has served as senior pastor of Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville where he leads a multigenerational, multiethnic and multicultural congregation that includes hundreds of BJU students, faculty and staff.

“As we considered the institutional profile which was informed by feedback from our constituents, we concluded that Dr. Crockett was the individual best equipped to lead Bob Jones University at this time,” says Sam Dawson, chair of the Board. “His pastoral experience and heart for young adults are evidenced in his thriving church ministry. We trust God will give him wisdom as he leads us into BJU’s next century.”

An installation ceremony will be held in the fall.

At a Glance


Joshua Crockett


Wife, Karie, and 4 children

Current Position

Senior Pastor, Morningside Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C.


Doctorate of Ministry

— Liberty University, 2020

Master of Divinity

— BJU Seminary, 2005

MA, Counseling

— BJU Seminary, 2004

BA, Rhetoric & Public Address

— BJU, 2001

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