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Criswell, W. A. (1909–2002)

  1. R. Alan Streett

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0368

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Streett, R. A. 2011. Criswell, W. A. (1909–2002). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, and leader of the conservative resurgence within the Southern Baptist Convention, W. A. Criswell was born on December 19, 1909 in Eldorado, Oklahoma, and named after his father, W. A. Sr. The family moved shortly after his birth to Texline, Texas, a Panhandle town on the Texas–New Mexico border. At the age of 10, W. A. was converted while attending a brush arbor revival meeting. By the time he reached 12, he had publicly responded to a call to the gospel ministry and preached his first sermon to childhood friends who attended his pet dog's funeral. He was licensed to preach at age 17.


  • Criswell, W. A. (1909–2002);
  • senior pastor of first baptist;
  • patterning his ministry, after Charles spurgeon;
  • family life center, in church facilities;
  • rise of liberalism, within the SBC;
  • theological war;
  • “conservative resurgence,” led by criswell;
  • criswell bible institute