Meet the Pastor

Dr. Crosby has pastored Cleburne's First Baptist Church since February 17, 1997. He and his wife, Diane, have been married since 1978 and have two children, Andrew (New Orleans, LA) and Dani Beth (Honolulu, HI), and two grandchildren.

"My parents, Rev. and Mrs. Russell Crosby, have 13 children. My three older brothers and I began singing gospel music when I was seven. God saved me at age 12 and called me to vocational ministry at Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment when I was 16. Many of my siblings are also on staff in Southern Baptist Churches. My wife was saved at age seven, is the daughter of a Baptist deacon, and has been active in church work all of her life. I believe that God calls all Christians to be on mission with Him for the sake of the Kingdom. It is wonderful to be a part of the people of God in the community of faith. My purpose is to know Christ and to make Him known. My desire is to bring glory to God and to be faithful to His Word and His call. My hobbies include motorcycling and four-wheeling, mechanics, carpentry, electronics, hunting, and being a grandpa, "Dano," to Ruby Love and Lucy Joy!"

Dr. Crosby earned the Ph. D. degree in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990, after earning the M.Div. from SWBTS in 1984 and the B.A. from Baylor University in 1978.

In February 2017 First Baptist Church celebrated Dr. and Mrs. Crosby's 20th Anniversary as pastor of our church.