Dr. Tony Crisp is acknowledged and embraced among evangelicals of various denominations as a leading authority on the historical, geographical and cultural context of both ancient and modern Israel. He brings decades of biblical research in Israel to help understand the Bible, and apply its truths to everyday life.
Dr. Crisp is the founder of True-Life Concepts Ministry (an IRS, 501(c) 3 tax-exempt, non-profit ministry), formed to create and develop a movement to bring Evangelical Christians back to their Hebraic/Judaic roots and to teach church leadership and congregations how to study the Bible in its historical, geographical, linguistic and cultural context. He is also the founder and President of TLC Holyland Tours (www.tlcholylandtours.com) which offers customized wholesale travel to Israel for Christians and Jews from the USA.
He serves as a board member of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem-USA. He previously served at their Strategic Initiatives Director of the ministry. Serving in these strategic roles enables him to enhance and expand the influence of this world-class organization to every state in America and around the globe. He is a leading advocate for Israel and serves on the prestigious National Council of American–Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Washington, DC and is one of their featured speakers and a member of their Speakers Bureau. AIPAC’s purpose is to educate Members of Congress on a bipartisan basis about the importance of the US-Israel relationship. He has served for two years on the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group United States Dept. of State, Office of Religion and Global Affairs, Washington, D.C.
As a pastor, he has served on various committees and boards at every level of Southern Baptist denominational life. Dr. Crisp served 6 years on the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. He recently completed two terms as trustee and adjunct faculty at Carolina University but is still very much involved in the promotion of the school.
Among the many regional and national honors awarded to Dr. Crisp, Liberty University’s “Stand with Israel Club” conferred on him their “Friend of Israel” annual award.
Dr. Crisp serves as a Leadership Consultant and Spiritual Advisor to several companies throughout the United States.
He has been married since 1978 to his childhood sweetheart, Karen Brown Crisp, who has served the Lord alongside him in the pastoral ministry from the eastern to the western seaboards and from Oklahoma to Texas. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Through forty-six (46) plus years in ministry, he has served and taught congregations small and large, rural and in the heart of the city in two of the top ten cities in the United States. In 1977 as he began to travel to Israel on a regular basis, Dr. Crisp was struck at the number of misconceptions there were among evangelicals regarding the various concepts, stories and events in the scripture. It was out of this that his desire grew to form True Life Concepts Ministry, to teach the Bible in its true life concepts and context in order for followers of Christ to grasp the truth of the concept being studied or taught, and not a current myth or misrepresentation of what it was or how it happened. It is only from a true understanding of the Word of God that one can draw closer to the heart of God.
Dr. Crisp is author of “Passport to Israel, A Pilgrim’s Guide” and various studies including the “Holy Land Bible Study, Drama of the Ages, The Story of the Crimson River and more.
The Center of Holy Land Studies, an online and on-site study center in Israel is currently being developed. The first course will go online Spring of 2022 with nine (9) additional online courses coming online in 2022.