Born in Jefferson County Alabama, George Crenshaw was ordained as a Christian Minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1986. He is married to the former Laurenna Hardy of Birmingham, Alabama and is the father of two children Quentin Dewayne and Kennedy Diane.
Bishop Crenshaw has had a blessed and productive life in ministry having served in the capacities of Pastor and Presiding Elder. As a pastor, he has served in Calcis, Alabama; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cheraw, SC; Lancaster SC, and presently is serving in Smyrna, Georgia at the Shaw Temple A.M.E Zion Church. His position as Presiding Elder has placed him in the Indianapolis District, Cheraw-Bennettsville District and Lancaster District.
Among his many accolades, Bishop Crenshaw holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from both Clinton College and Livingstone College; a B.A. from Indiana University, and a Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary. Bishop Crenshaw has exercised his dominant spiritual gifts of Administration, Teaching, Shepherding and Preaching to fashion a ministry designed to empower and edify.
In addition to his educational accomplishments, Bishop Crenshaw has held many outstanding memberships and positions as well as having been recognized for many distinguished acclaims. He has served as president of the Cheraw Branch of the NAACP. He is a member of the A.M.E. Zion Connectional Budget Board and served as First Vice President of the Presiding Elder’s Council 2001-2005. He is a past board member of the Chesterfield General Hospital, Cheraw SC.
Bishop Crenshaw is a five time delegate to the A.M.E Zion Church General Conference, delegate to the 2001 World Methodist Conference in Brighton, England, 2006 World Methodist Conference in Seoul Korea and 2011 World Methodist Conference in South Africa. He served as an Executive Board Member for the period 2006-11.
He is a 2000 James Varick Freedom Medal recipient and is a past President of Hood Theological Seminary Student Government Association. Bishop Crenshaw was a contributing Writer of the A.M.E Zion Church Christian Education Manual 2002.
He was recognized as the 1999 “Man of the Year” by the Lambda Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and recipient of the “Outstanding Community Leader” award from the Bennettsville Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Bishop Crenshaw is a community activist and was recognized as “Citizen of the Year” by the Cheraw Branch of the NAACP.
He is the founder of the Zion Center Community Development Cooperation in Cheraw, SC as well as the founder of the Cheraw-Bennettsville District A.M.E Zion Church Mass Choir.
Bishop Crenshaw presently serves as Chairman of the Budget Committee, Home Missions Treasurer, Vice Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, and Member of the Admissions Committee and Conference Examiners for the Georgia Conference of the A.M.E Zion Church. He is Founder and President of the Shaw Temple Biblical and Leadership Institute.
Bishop Crenshaw is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a Life member of the Connectional Lay Council of the A.M.E. Zion Church and a Life member of the NAACP. In 2011, he received the Atlanta Gospel Choice Award as one of the "Chosen 10 Pastors" in the State of Georgia.