Dr. William R. Crews was a native of Starke, Florida. In his early life he was a professional pool hustler who later became an alcoholic. After being saved out of a life of deep sin, the Lord called him to preach the Gospel and to teach the Word of God. He pastored churches in Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, South Dakota, and South Carolina and taught on both the Bible College and Seminary level. He also served as Seminary President and interim Seminary President.
His education included a Bachelor of arts program at Lexington Baptist College, a Master of Arts program at Ouachita Baptist University, a Bachelor of Divinity program at the Bible Baptist Seminary, a Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology program at Immanuel Seminary, a Master of Arts program at North American Baptist Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
For thirty-two years he was the speaker on a national radio program “Bible Study Time”. He published more than 60 Bible study booklets on religious subjects – materials that he presented on his national media outlets. He was listed in “Outstanding Young Men of America” (1970 edition), “Outstanding Personalities of the South” (1973 edition), and “Who’s Who in Religion” (1985 edition). He had an extensive religious library of approximately 18,000 volumes, many of which are books by old Puritan writers. He had collected all the books available by Charles Haddon Spurgeon who perhaps had the greatest impact and influence on Dr. Crews’ life and ministry. He was a pilot holding the private pilot’s rating, the twin engine rating, and the instrument rating.