Dr. Gustavo A. Crocker was elected the 41st general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene on the 53rd ballot at the 28th General Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana, in June 2013.
Crocker takes a seat on the Board of General Superintendents after serving as Eurasia regional director since 2004. In that role Dr. Crocker was responsible for overseeing church planting and development efforts of the Church of the Nazarene in Eurasia. This resulted in the growth of sustainable church planting movements in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
Prior to this assignment, Crocker was senior vice-president for programs at World Relief Corporation. This humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals was working in more than 25 countries (including the United States). Gustavo joined World Relief after serving as director of field management for Compassion International, a child development organization based in Colorado Springs. Prior ministry also included several years as administrative director of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International in Kansas City, Missouri, and three years as regional coordinator of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries out of Quito, Ecuador.
A Guatemalan by birth, Dr. Crocker was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene on the Mid-Atlantic District. He is a licensed architect with a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. As a Latin American Leadership Scholar, he earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership in Business at Regent University. The focus of his doctoral research was “success and survival of Christian ministries.”
Dr. Crocker has taught in the areas of global missions, evangelism and church planting, cross-cultural ministry, international development, international business, and social development on location in various universities of Latin America, Europe, and the United States. He has also been a guest lecturer at several seminaries, colleges, and universities in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Fluent in four languages, Dr. Crocker has authored several books and articles in Spanish and English, and his writings have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Gustavo and his wife, Rachel, have two daughters, Raquel and Elizabeth, who are both graduates of Nazarene universities.