Dr. Tony Crisp

Dr. Tony L. Crisp

Director, Church & SBC Relations
Director, Knoxville Teaching Site
Associate Professor Pastoral Leadership

Email: crispt@tntemple.edu




  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Leadership, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Doctor of Divinity (D.D. honoris causa), Southern California Seminary, El Cajon, CA
  • Master of Arts, Biblical Studies, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies, Criswell Center for Biblical Studies, Dallas, TX
  • Two years additional Graduate School, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN.
  • On-site Research in Missions Strategies, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay
  • On-site Research, Old and New Testament, Historical Geography Studies, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Greek Isles

Pastoral Experience

  • Served as Senior Pastor for more than 32 years in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States as well as serving as Senior pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, San Diego, California before moving back to the home state of Tennessee in 2000
  • Served as Senior Pastor of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church from 2000-2009 before resigning to begin present international ministry

Selected Professional Experience

  • Director, Center for Holy Land Studies, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN
  • Director, Knoxville Teaching Site, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN
  • Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Olive Tree Foundation USA, Knoxville, TN
  • Founder and President of True Life Concepts Ministry, Knoxville, TN
  • Founder and President of TLC Holyland Tours, Knoxville, TN
  • Founder of Freedom Christian Academy (Pre-K through 8th Grade), Knoxville, TN.
  • Co-Founder of Trinity Hills Senior Adult Community, Knoxville, TN
  • Developed and taught various courses for faculty and students on-site in Israel and other Bible lands
  • Adjunct Professor of New Testament Greek, Southern California Seminary, El Cajon, CA
  • Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN
  • Southern Baptist Convention, National Credentials Committee, National Committee on Board Nominations, SBC National Task Force, Urban Evangelism
  • California Southern Baptist Convention, Executive Board, Vice Chairman, Committee on Committees, Chief Parliamentarian
  • Associational Leadership, chaired committees at every level of associational life
  • Executive Director, Real Evangelism, Atlanta, GA
  • Founder and Chancellor, Harvest Institute for Biblical Studies, Knoxville, TN (2008 merged with Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN)

Publications & Presentations

  • Passport to Israel: A Pilgrim’s Guide
  • Drama of the Ages: Pulling Back the Curtain of Biblical History
  • General Editor: Holy Land Satellite Atlas Vols. 1, 2 & 3 w/ CD
  • The Holy Land Bible Study Preparation Course, Leader’s Manual
  • The Holy Land Bible Study, Learner’s Manual
  • The Difference is Real, Knowing God in a Personal Way
  • Seven Steps to Christian Maturity


  • National Council of (AIPAC) American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • Character Counts Award, for greatest involvement in the Public School System in developing and teaching “Character” to public school leadership and students, Chamber of Commerce, East Tennessee
  • National Outstanding Alumnus Award, 2000, Criswell College, Dallas, TX


  • Married to Karen Brown of Riceville, TN., for 34 years. Three children and three grandchildren: Joshua married to the former Lauren Stipes parents of Joel and Judah, reside in Knoxville, TN.; Charity, married to Jeremy Roberts parents of Autumn, reside in Chattanooga, TN.; Jonathan resides in Nashville, TN.