Rev. Dr. Stephanie M. Crumpton is a scholar, teacher, and ordained minister committed to healing and wholeness of entire people. Her work on trauma in communities began in 2006 with doctoral research on Black women’s experiences of intimate and cultural violence and continues in her current work on African American communal recovery from various forms of trauma.
With over 15 years of experience in the religious academy and in communities, she is the currently the director of the HeartWork Rising Trauma Healing Initiative at McCormick Theological Seminary. HeartWork Rising is an extension of work that began with launching the McCormick Theological Seminary Trauma Symposium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a programming consultation with the Chicago Torture Justice Center’s politicized grief healing initiative, editor and contributor to multiple Odyssey Films Social Impact campaigns, including a recent project about the Tulsa Race Massacre. She has served as a panelist for the United Church of Christ’s 2021 joint acknowledgment of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racism and the UN International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. She has also served as a State Court Appointed Family Violence Advocate in the Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office (Atlanta, Georgia); consulted with the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (Atlanta, Georgia) initiative to equip faith communities with networks and practical resources for responding to intimate violence.
Her body-centered work includes instructional yoga for the 2021 Katie G. Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership Biennial Conference and the Cultivating Courageous Resisters Project. Crumpton joined McCormick Theological Seminary in 2017 and she is the associate professor of practical theology and director of the HeartWorkRising Trauma Healing Initiative.