Stephen (Steve) G. Crouse, D.Min., Ph.D.
Senior Campus Pastor
Chief Spiritual Formation Officer
Executive Leadership Team
Professor of Spiritual Formation and Ministry
Co-Director of the Christian Scholarship Fund
Dr. Steve Crouse joined the NGU team in 1991. He is called to make disciples by entrusting all that he has learned from the Lord to faithful Christ-followers who will mentor others. He strives to cultivate a vibrant, spiritual foundation for the university’s culture and spiritual practices. He teaches classes in spiritual formation, prayer, youth ministry, leadership, and spiritual warfare.Dr. Crouse earned two doctorates from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with concentrated studies in missions, evangelism, ministry, theology, leadership, discipleship, and campus ministries. In addition to his Ph.D. and D.Min., he holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. in psychology and religion from Gardner-Webb University.
Prior to coming to the university, Dr. Crouse served churches in youth and music ministry in North Carolina and South Carolina. While at NGU, he continues to serve local churches in various areas of pastoral ministries and worship leadership. He enjoys reading, writing, speaking, playing guitar, singing, and spending time with his family.
Administrative Assistant for Campus Ministries
Beth Ross has worked with students at NGU since 2008; she is currently serving as the Administrative Assistant for the Senior Campus Pastor. Initially serving on the Hester Memorial Library staff. In January 2010, she joined the Campus Ministries team as the Administrative Assistant for the Vice President of Campus Ministries. As a part of the university’s reorganization and alignment in 2019, she moved to her current role.
Beth has completed two years of study in accounting at York Technical College. She is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in psychology at North Greenville University.Beth is married Tim Ross, who also works at NGU as a math professor. Beth takes pleasure in all types of arts and crafts and especially enjoys sharing her love for them with our students. Because she loves meeting students and offering encouragement to them, in 2016, she founded the Crusader Craft Club as a creative outlet for NGU students.
Mike Landrum, M.Div.
Director of Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry Instructor, College of Christian Studies
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Campus Ministries for Discipleship
Mike currently on the faculty as the Director of Youth Ministry in the College of Christian Studies and Special Assistant to the Senior Campus Pastor/Spiritual Formation Director. Mike earned his BA in Religious Education from Gardner-Webb College and an M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is currently working on his D. Min. in Disciple-Making.After 24 years of serving Southern Baptist churches as a youth pastor, he joined the team at North Greenville University in 2002. He is married to Jackie, has one son, and two grandchildren.
Spiritual Formation Challenge
Read at least one spiritual formation book every year to supplement the reading in your academic discipline. There are several suggestions below in the resources section. This certainly is not an exhaustive list. Accept the Challenge.
Characteristics of a Disciple
Bridges, Jerry. The Blessing of Humility. Colorado Springs, NavPress, 2017.
The Fruitful Life. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2006.
The Practice of Godliness. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1983, 1996, 2008.
The Pursuit of Holiness. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1978, 1996, 2006.
A. W. Tozer. The Pursuit of God. Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 2017. (The first edition published in 1948).
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. Rev. ed. Translated by R. H. Fuller. New York: Touchstone, 1959. (Originally published in 1937).
Life Together. Translated by John W. Doberstein. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1954.
Bridges, Jerry. Growing Your Faith. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2004.
Respectable Sins. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2007.
Piper, John. Desiring God. Rev. Ed. Colorado Springs, Multnomah, 2011.
Don’t Waste Your Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2003.
Let the Nations Be Glad. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1993, 2003, 2010.
Blackaby, Henry and Norman Blackaby. Experiencing Prayer with Jesus: The Power of His Presence and Example. Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2006.
Carson, D. A. Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation. 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.
Elliff, Bill. The Presence Centered Church. Little Rock, AR: Truthlink, 2015.
Eliff, Tom. A Passion for Prayer. Fort Washington, PA: CLC, 1998, 2001, 2010.
Foster, Richard J. Prayer: Finding the Hearts True Home. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1992.
Hemphill, Ken. The Prayer of Jesus: The Promise and Power of Living in the Lord’s Prayer. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2001.
Hunt, T. W. The Doctrine of Prayer. Nashville: LifeWay, 1986.
Keller, Timothy. Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. New York: Penguin Group, 2014.
Millar, J. Gary. Calling on the Name of the Lord: A Biblical Theology of Prayer. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2016.
Miller, Paul E. A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2017.
Mohler, R. Albert, Jr. The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution. Nashville: Nelson, 2018.
Onwuchekwa, John.Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018.
Pratt, Richard L., Jr. Pray with Your Eyes Open. Phillipsburg, NJ: Reformed, 1987.
Reeves, Michael. Enjoy Your Prayer Life. Leyland, England: 10Publishing, 2014.
Chan, Francis. Multiply.Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2012.
Fee, Gordon D. and Douglas Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981, 1993, 2003, 2014.
Rogers, Matt and Donny Mathis. Seven Arrows. Spring Hill, TN: Rainer Group, 2017.
Spiritual Disciplines (or Habits)
Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. Revised and Expanded. San Francisco, Harper Collins, 1988.
Whitney, Donald S. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Updated and Revised. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2014.
Willard, Dallas. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. New York: Harper Collins, 1988.
Warren, Tish Harrison. Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2016.
Anderson, Keith. A Spirituality of Listening. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2016.
McGrath, Alister,Christian Spirituality. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999.
Morgan, Christopher W., ed. Biblical Spirituality. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2001.
Arnold, Clinton E. 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare. Three Crucial Questions Series. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997.
Powers of Darkness: Principalities and Powers in Paul’s Letters. Downers Grove: IVP, 1992.
Beilby, James K. and Paul R. Eddy, editors. Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012.
Cole, Graham A. Against the Darkness: The Doctrine of Angels, Satan, and Demons. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2019.
Cook, Willam F. and Chuck Lawless. Spiritual Warfare in the Storyline of Scripture. Nashville: B & H Academic, 2019.
Heiser, Michael S. Supernatural. Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2015.
The Unseen Realm. Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2015.
Lawless, Chuck. Discipled Warriors: Growing Healthy Churches That Are Equipped for Spiritual Warfare. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2002.
Putting on the Armor: Equipped and Deployed for Spiritual Warfare. Nashville: Lifeway Church Resources, 2007.
Lightner, Robert.Angels, Satan and Demons. Swindoll Leadership Series. Nashville: Nelson, 1998.
Schemm, Peter R., Jr. “The Agents of God: Angels.” In A Theology for the Church, revised edition edited by Daniel L. Akin. Nashville: B&H, 2014.
Sproul, R.C. Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels and Demons. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2012.