‘Pastor’s Pastor’ and ‘Preaching Giant’ Rev. Tyrone Crider Loses Battle with Cancer at 58

Tyrone Crider, a well-known South Side pastor who once served as the national executive director of Operation PUSH, died Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 58. | Family photo

Tyrone Crider, a well-known South Side pastor who once served as the national executive director of Operation PUSH, died Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 58. 

The politically active Maywood native once rallied youth votes for Mayor Harold Washington, and he led a national voter registration drive for the Rev. Jesse Jackson as the civil rights leader sought the White House. He later faced controversy following his own tenure on the board of the Regional Transportation Authority.

But “everything that he faced, he overcame,” the Rev. Chris Harris said Sunday.

Crider was the lead pastor of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Morgan Park for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, Regina Crider. The couple married in December 1994 and raised five children. Harris, of Bright Star Church of God in Christ, described himself as Crider’s “spiritual son” and said Crider was the spiritual father to many pastors.

In a statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Crider “a preaching giant, a civil rights trailblazer, and someone who cared deeply about Chicago, our state, and our nation.”

“The world may have lost a dynamic minister, but his legacy of leadership and service that touched so many lives will always stay in our hearts,” Emanuel said.

Crider studied at Morehouse College in Atlanta, the alma mater of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Crider sought to follow in King’s footsteps by focusing on social justice, building bridges between the black and Jewish communities and pushing for more civic engagement, Harris said. He founded New Hope Community Baptist Church of Chicago in 1991.

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SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times – Jon Seidel

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