Luther Rice alumnus Charles A. Crane has authored numerous scholarly papers, published books on a variety of subjects, and written multiple articles for religious publications. His newest book, “The Bible: The True and Reliable Word of God,” is a great introduction to the Bible and its inspiration.
Crane spent about 50 years researching approximately 3,000 of the most ancient biblical texts for this book. While written so the average Christian can understand the information clearly, the book still includes material valuable to the serious Bible scholar.
Crane has been heavily involved in the work of the church most of his life—over 50 years. A native of Oregon, Crane began preaching regularly when he was 19 and got ordained following graduation from college in 1962. For 28 years, he served as a preaching minister until he became president of Boise Bible College in 1990. During his tenure at Boise, the college built a new administration building, library, classrooms, chapel, and dormitory. Crane retired as president of the college in 2007 and is currently serving as chancellor.
Crane has taught college and seminary courses in theology, church administration, psychology, textual criticism, and practical ministries. He has strong interests in church planting and world missions and has been a guest lecturer to missionaries in Germany, France, Zimbabwe, and India. He has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia Minor, and the Middle East, as well as in India, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. He has led leadership training clinics for indigenous church leaders in Africa and India.
“May God continue to bless Luther Rice Seminary, which has been a marvelous help in my ministry and in the revival that is going on in Idaho and the Northwest,” states Crane.
Crane served three terms on the board of directors of the North American Christian Convention and served on two different college boards for a total of twelve years. He was a trustee for six years of the Navajo Christian mission, where he served as chairman of the board for two years. He served as a director of the Intermountain Christian Convention and as president for one year. Crane currently serves as the Associate Minister of Evangelism at Eagle Christian Church, a congregation of over 5,000 members in Eagle, Idaho.
Crane enjoys teaching, preaching, and ministering to members of the church. His hobbies and interests include traveling, writing, collecting coins, antique fountain pens, rebuilding old vehicles, and being a private pilot. He has written numerous books, appeared in one movie and on nationwide television for two years, and has been featured in a number of educational videos. Crane and his wife Margaret have three children and thirteen grandchildren.