lena crouso

Lena Crouso, Ph.D.

  • ProfessorBiblical Theology and Global Stewardship

Contact Info:

  • lcrouso@snu.edu
  • 740-502-9059


The daughter of Indian Immigrants, Rev. Dr. Crouso spent her formative years growing up in India, and states that her journey from Hinduism to Christ, and her diverse life path, have given her a heart and mind for the empowerment of all people through intercultural understanding and a desire to lead people in spiritual, emotional and social transformation and freedom with each other and God’s created world.


Ph.D., Transformational Leadership and Culture, Bakke Graduate University
Ordination Studies, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Ph.D., Christian Counseling, Andersonville Theological Seminary (Practicum work in Women’s Issues: Defining Hope)
Ed.S., Education Leadership and Administration, Stetson University
M.Ed., School Counseling, University of Central Florida
B.S.Ed., Math Education, Science Minor, Ohio University
Ordained Elder, Church of the Nazarene
Vice President for Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Southern Nazarene University
Chief Diversity Officer, Southern Nazarene University
At SNU since 2018

Prior Positions

Dean, Office for Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Indiana Wesleyan University
Professor, School of Theology and Ministry, Indiana Wesleyan University
Director, All India Wesleyan Alliance
Co-Pastor House Church, Marion First Church of the Nazarene
Associate and Guest Professor, Korea Nazarene University
Assistant Professor and NCATE Diversity Chair, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Notable Publications

Goss-Reaves, L., Shankar-Crouso, L. & Lefdahl-Davis, E. M. (2018).  Bearing God’s image to all people: A social worker’s response to the sojourner.  Social Work and Christianity, 5(3), p. 10-18.

First Flock: Contributor: Bearing the Image of God. 2018

Consulting English Language Editor:

Prevalence of Emotional and/or Behavioral Difficulties and Current Status of Support and Support Needs for Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Difficulties: A Survey of Elementary School Teachers (ICER) 2013. Eunju Jung, Tae-eun Kim, & Won-kyung Roh, Ui-jung Kim; Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation; Korea Nazarene University.

Contextualized Theology in Korean Culture: An Interpretation of Theology of Song and Minjung theology; Ki-Young Hong; Korea Nazarene University. 2013.

SPA Experience for Women: Spiritual Power in Action-CSN Books: 2007 ISBN 1-59352-287-8


Women of Witness, Founder, a non-profit, faith-based community/education outreach ministry devoted to meeting the needs of women through faithful acts of kindness.

Summary of Interests

Diversity and Equity
Behavioral Sciences / Counseling
Spiritual Formation