As interesting as his writing, compassionate pastor and former reporter David Crosby has counseled countless individuals through a myriad of suffering including one of the nation’s most horrific natural disasters. As pastor of the First Baptist Church New Orleans, he was there for the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. More recently, he endured the suffering associated with a life-threatening ordeal impacting his grandson and the roller coaster ride the family took until he recovered.
A double major in religion and journalism, he is a graduate of Baylor University. While working on his master of divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he served as a general assignments reporter for the city desk at Times-Picayune in one of the roughest cities in the nation at the time. That experience early in his career opened his eyes to suffering like most believers have never witnessed on a personal level. Following his MDiv, he earned a PhD at Baylor University in ethics and church-state studies.
While he is currently the senior pastor of First Baptist New Orleans, where he has served since 1996, he is very passionate about having an impact on the New Orleans community and is involved in community affairs. He he served on a clergy advisory group for New Orleans’ police chief, and has served on the Mayor’s Homeless Task force. In addition, he is a guest editorialist and serves on the round table of the Times-Picayune and Nola.com, a group of regional leaders who give the publisher and editorial team insight from a community perspective.
David is the founder and president of the Baptist Crossroads Project that has built 91 homes in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans in a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. CrossroadsNola, its new name, is now turning its focus to addressing the needs of foster children in the region. He is also a member of the board of New Orleans Baptist Ministries which operates a shelter for women and children, Baptist Friendship House, and is building a medical clinic in the Lower Ninth Ward, an underserved area.
He has received many awards and recognitions for his efforts, including: Honorable Mention, New Orleanian of the Year, Gambit Weekly, 2006; Role Model Award for 2005, Young Leadership Council of New Orleans; Home Depot Foundation, NeighborWoods Award, 2006, for building healthy and sustainable communities (Baptist Crossroads); Board of Directors Philanthropy Award, 2007; AFP of Greater New Orleans (Baptist Crossroads); Selection Committee, Times-Picayune Loving Cup (civic award), 2007, 2012.
One of 13 children, he grew up singing in a gospel quartet with his brothers. Married to his high school sweetheart, Janet Rose Crosby, they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.