Our Pastor

Rev. Kalif Crutcher is the proud Senior Servant Leader of The Church of Hope in Evanston, IL. In September 2017 he received his first pastoral appointment to the church under the episcopal leadership of Bishop Sylvester Williams, Sr. In March 2011, he preached his initial sermon and was subsequently licensed as a Local Exhorter under the leadership of his father-in-ministry, Rev. Dr. Wayne Williams III. Rev. Crutcher was then licensed as a local preacher in 2015. At the hands of the Presiding Prelate Bishop James Bernard Walker, episcopal leader of the Seventh Episcopal District of the CME church, Rev. Crutcher was ordained as both a Traveling Deacon and Traveling Elder at the 2018 Annual Conference. Under the tutelage of Bishop Walker, in 2019 Rev. Crutcher was admitted into Full Connection granting him the rights and privileges of a voting member of clergy.

Rev. Crutcher is a Master of Divinity candidate at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, with a graduation date of May 2020. At Garrett, he is a Pan-Methodist Fellow, Heerey Chaplain Scholar, the former Co-Chair of Garrett Evangelical Black Seminarians, and now holds the position of Co-Chair for the entire student body; All while maintaining a 3.7 GPA. His future educational plans include a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture.

Rev. Crutcher has completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as a Chaplain Intern with the NorthShore Hospital System located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Due to his love for pastoral care and spiritual care, Rev. Crutcher is completing a paid Clinical Residency at Rush Hospital in Chicago. There he is the unit chaplain for the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU), and the Psychiatric Unit. In 2018, he was honorably discharged as a Specialist in the United States Army National Guard, where he served as both a Combat Arms soldier, and Chaplain Assistant, assisting in the spiritual care and support of over 4,000 soldiers.

In his brief tenure as the Senior Servant Leader at The Church of Hope, Rev. Crutcher has overseen various building projects. For example, under his leadership the churches windows were replaced. Multiple trees and shrubbery were removed from the property. The kitchen and bathroom floors were renovated. Now, the church is working to develop land that was purchased years ago.

Rev. Crutcher’s ministerial vision includes bridging the gap between mental health awareness and the black church’s role in assisting black families. He is also focused on civic engagement and is a member of the Evanston NAACP chapter, a clergy member with clergy groups Evanston4All and Evanston Interfaith Clergy and Leaders. Rev. Crutcher is also proud to have launched the health ministry at The Church of Hope, partnering with multiple churches in Evanston.

In his leisurely time, you can find Rev. Crutcher spending time with his beloved dog Leo, reading, researching and writing, or listening to political podcasts. His fundamental beliefs include but are not limited to destroying oppressive systems that marginalize individuals. Advocating for the rights of all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Rev. Crutcher stands by the belief that all are made in the Imago Dei, or the Image of God, and deserve to be treated as such.

Rev. Crutcher lives by his favorite scripture, “And we know that all things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to the Lord’s purpose.” (Romans 8:28)