FBC Alabaster pastor emeritus dies: Arthur 'Wayne' Crumptoncomment (0)
January 23, 2014
By Neisha Fuson
Arthur “Wayne” Crumpton, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church, Alabaster, died Jan. 12. He was 75.
Crumpton felt called into the ministry when he was 18 and shared his first sermon at his home church of Powderly Baptist Church. He was licensed to preach from the same church in 1957 and started working to pay for college.
Crumpton earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard College in Birmingham (now Samford University) in 1961 and a master of divinity degree (1973) and a doctorate (1978) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He began serving as associate pastor of South Park Baptist Church, Birmingham, and was ordained in 1961. There he served alongside pastor E.E. Wells. Crumpton was quoted as giving credit to Wells for teaching him how to minister to people. “In order to reach people for Christ,” Crumpton said, “you have to go where they are, knock on doors and get down with them, people to people. That’s what I enjoy.”
He later served as pastor of Green Valley Baptist Church, Hoover; Old Spanish Fort Baptist Church, Spanish Fort; and First Baptist Church, Alabaster, until his retirement in 2003.
He served as president of the Birmingham Pastor’s Conference, president of New Orleans Seminary Alumni for the State of Alabama, moderator for Shelby Baptist Association and on the board of directors for Alabama Citizens Action Program.
Crumpton was preceded in death by his wife, Carole, and two sons. He is survived by two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.