The Reverend Brandon Thomas Crowley (pronounced kroh-lee) is a sixth-year Ph.D. student at Boston University concentrating in Religion and Society and the proud Senior Pastor of The Historic Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton, Massachusetts.
Reverend Crowley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Morehouse College (Magna Cum Laude). During his senior year, Reverend Crowley was named the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Scholar and at graduation he was honored as the 2008 top ranking scholar in the department of religion. In 2011, Reverend Crowley earned a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School where he was a Presidential Scholar, the National Baptist J.H. Jackson Scholar, and the Hopkins Scholar. He wrote his M.Div. thesis on The Demonization of Honesty: How the Black Church Subconsciously Deifies the Closet.
In the spring of 2012, Reverend Crowley earned a Master of Sacred Theology from the Boston University School of Theology. While completing this second masters, Reverend Crowley was granted the Charles E. Jefferson, William and Anna Lowstuter, Roswell Robinson, and Springboard Fellowships/Scholarships. Reverend Crowley’s STM thesis was titled Unveiling Secrets: A multidiscipline academic examination of Bishop Eddie Lee Long’s Homophobic Sermon “Back to the future”. Presently, Reverend Crowley is working on his dissertation entitled: Inclusive Black Congregations and The Queering of Black Ecclesiology.
As a recipient of numerous awards and the youngest board member of the Rebecca Pamroy Foundation which assist worthy charitable organizations with substantial grants, Reverend Crowley was ordained in the Progressive National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. and has written for the African American Lectionary. He is also an adjunct instructor in Theological Meaning Making for Harvard University's Field Education Program.