Dr. Stephen Crane
Assistant Professor/Assistant Dean, College of Business
As He often does, God led me down an unexpected path to the place I am today. When I walked onto the DBU campus for the first time as a potential student in the spring of 1999, I would never have dreamed that I would be a DBU professor 15 years later. At that time, my only goal was to obtain a bachelor's degree. God, however, had other plans.
Part of God’s plan was to change my life by providing countless opportunities to grow academically, spiritually, and vocationally during my time at DBU. In my academic growth, God blessed me with wonderful DBU professors who had high academic expectations while providing loving examples of servant leadership. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies in 2003, and though my original plan was to stop there, I applied for and was accepted into the MBA program. With a concentration in accounting, it was during my MBA program that I realized that a calling in business could be as meaningful and holy as a career in “full-time Christian ministry.” I developed my Christian worldview during my undergraduate and graduate programs at DBU and became fully convinced of God’s will and plan to redeem every square inch of this fallen world for Himself.
In addition to my academic growth, God used DBU in my spiritual growth. While a student, I had many chances to serve, one of which included being a part of an intensive ministry group called Glowing Heart. With Glowing Heart, I travelled across the nation ministering to and serving churches and people of all ages. During the summer of my junior year, I served as a summer missionary with the BGCT River Ministry team along the Texas border where God enlarged my love for missions and for the global body of Christ. Finally, while at DBU, I assisted Mission Midlothian by teaching Bible stories to underprivileged children every Saturday morning. In addition to DBU, my spiritual growth was also aided by Longbranch Community Baptist Church in Midlothian, where I was an active member since high school and had the privilege of serving in the children’s ministry and assisting with Sunday school and small group leadership. These opportunities for service deepened my love for God and gave me a greater appreciation for the church in its role as the hands and feet of Christ.
Finally, I grew in my vocational and business training while at DBU. From the summer of 1999 through the end of my undergraduate program, I served in multiple departments across campus including Admissions, the Lab School, the Provost Office, and the President’s Office. Upon graduating, I became a DBU staff member in the newly formed Gary Cook School of Leadership where I had the pleasure of assisting a small group of devoted faculty as they developed new academic programs, recruited students, and worked to prepare students for careers in ministry. From there, I took on responsibilities as Assistant to the President where I learned the art and science of leadership by observing and working closely with DBU President, Dr. Gary Cook. I also had the chance to assist the Financial Affairs department with various projects. The many opportunities I had to work with and learn from great leaders and to assist behind the scenes in a well-run nonprofit organization served to develop and sharpen my administrative and leadership skills.
In addition to growing academically, spiritually, and vocationally these last 15 years, I also had the privilege and blessing of marrying my sweetheart and fellow DBU alum, Amanda Crane in 2004. She has been and continues to be my constant support and companion.
After completing my MBA, I left DBU and entered the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, where I obtained a Doctor of Juris Prudence. After graduating and passing the Bar Exam, I practiced law for 5 years, first in business litigation and then as a felony prosecutor. These experiences aided to remind me of God’s divine hand in areas of business and law and of the wonderful potential for ministry for persons with a Christian worldview in the business, legal, and governmental sectors of society.
It was with a grateful and humble heart that I accepted an invitation to return to DBU as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor in the College of Business in the spring of 2014. DBU is truly one of the few institutions of higher education that has, as its stated and actual mission, to offer a quality education, while, uncompromisingly and unapologetically, striving to please God. My goal is to give back to DBU by investing in the lives of students and challenging them to fulfill their own unique callings from God in the business world. My prayer is to be a part of God’s will for each student that crosses my path and that He would use me to direct them towards His love and purpose for their life.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Biblical Studies Honor Award, 2003
- Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities
- MBA Student of the Year, 2006
- Graduation with Honors from SMU Dedman School of Law, 2008
- Licensed to Practice Law in the State of Texas, 2009
- Adjunct Instructor, Dallas Baptist University, 2008-2010
- Course taught: Business Law
- 1 year as a business litigator, Arlington, TX, 2009-2010
- 4 years as an assistant district attorney, Lubbock, TX, 2010-2014
- 30 Criminal trials
- Crime Victims Service Award, 2014
- Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Task Force Member
- Adjunct Instructor, Wayland Baptist University, 2013-2014
- Courses Taught: American Legal System, Business Ethics, Business Law, and Law and Society
Subjects of Instruction:
Business Law, Accounting
Areas of Interest:
- Christian Higher Education
- Integration of a Christian Worldview with every calling
- Phone: 214-333-5239