Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Spurgeon Eugene Crayton, Amityville, NY

The homegoing services have been announced for the Reverend Dr. Spurgeon Eugene Crayton, the retired pastor of Mt. Ollie Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York.

The Family as released the following information:

Thank you everyone for reaching out during this time.
Here are the arrangements for our father’s services:

Rev. Dr. Spurgeon Eugene Crayton
Sunday, March 24, 2013
3 PM – 9 PM 
Holy Trinity Baptist Church
300 Albany Ave.
Amityville, NY 11701 

Monday, March 25, 2013
10 AM
Holy Trinity Baptist Church
300 Albany Ave.
Amityville, NY 11701 

National Calverton Cemetary (final confirmation TBD)

Funeral Home:

Sampson Funeral Services
601 Pitkin Ave Brooklyn, NY 11208
(718) 277-80

Information courtesy of Bishop Andy C. Lewter:

Watch the Homegoing Service of
Dr. Spurgeon Crayton “LIVE”
Dr. Spurgeon Crayton

We are all saddened over the loss of Dr. Spurgeon Crayton.  Please be advised that you can watch the funeral service “LIVE” on Monday morning, beginning at 9:30 AM.  Use any of the links below that will be carrying the service.
Again, the signal will be available starting at 9:30 AM on Monday, March 25, 2013, brought to you by New Life Media.

From the Mt. Ollie Baptist Church web site:

In April of 1987, Rev. Spurgeon E. Crayton assumed the pastorate of Mt. Ollie Baptist Church. He developed and exhibited a dynamic, creative and innovative ministry that had an impact all over the borough of Brooklyn.  Rev. Crayton served as pastor for 21 years and retired as Pastor on Sunday, October 26, 2008. 

This is a tribute offered by Rep. Edolphus Towns on the floor of the New York House of Representatives:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Reverend Spurgeon Eugene Crayton, Pastor, Mount Ollie Baptist Church. Rev. Crayton has dedicated his life to the church and the community of Brooklyn, New York.

The 65-year-old Brownsville pastor is one of the busiest in the city. He conducts as many as fifteen revivals a year, preaching in a style that he describes as a combination of old fashioned flare mixed with contemporary versions of biblical stories. As a specialist in teaching Baptist doctrine, Rev. Crayton has held a variety of posts in the Eastern Baptist Association, representing Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, and is presently an Area Vice President of the Empire State Baptist Convention, which represents some 500 churches from Niagara Falls to East Hampton.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Rev. Crayton has managed to author several books, including a collection of short stories about his Korean War experiences called “Screams and Protest”, which is used by the public school system. He has also written “God’s Star in the East”, a guide to Baptist congregations, and is working on a third book entitled, “The Black Baptist Church of Today”. Aways a man of action, Rev. Crayton has even found time to write plays, including “Another One Gone” and “The Erudite”.

Through his commitment to work on behalf of the community, this dynamic minister has also served as a charter board member of the Half Way House Rehabilitation Center for Drug Abuse; as a Protestant Chaplain for the Madonna Heights School for Girls, a Catholic School; and is an instructor of English at Central Commercial High School in New York City.

Rev. Crayton’s own words exemplify his extraordinary sensitivity to the needs of God’s people: “We have a lot of dedicated ministers who want not only to be good preachers, but will help fight for social causes for their parishioners. There is a greater interest now on the part of the ministry to understand the religious, political, social, and economic problems of our communities.” He has truly left an indelible mark for all to follow.

Mr. Speaker, please join me in honoring Rev. Spurgeon Eugene Crayton for his valuable contributions to the community of Brooklyn.

2 responses

  1. thank you so much for this. i loved rev. crayton so much, my heart goes out to his family even today.

  2. There will never , never, be another a Rev.Dr. S.E. Crayton he was the Star in the East , husband, father , brother and a true friend!!! I miss you much….

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