Pastor David Crosby Jr. Selected to be Keynote Speaker at 2015 MLK Celebration Breakfast at ESU, January 19

Posted by: Valentina Caval on December 19, 2014, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania selected David Crosby Jr., the founder and lead pastor of Community Church in Tobyhanna, Pa., to be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast. The breakfast, ESU’s 18th annual celebration honoring Dr. King, is scheduled for Monday, January 19, 2015, at 8 a.m. in the Mattioli Recreation Center on ESU’s campus.

“I hope what I say at the breakfast is encouraging and brings people together,” Pastor Crosby said.

While he now resides in Mount Pocono, Pa., Crosby earned his doctorate from The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo., where he also served as an adjunct professor.

Pastor Crosby was a founder of the Church Multiplication Network, a nationwide church planting organization. The organization has planted over 3,000 churches coast to coast in the past six years.

Out of all he has accomplished, Pastor Crosby is most proud of his four children and his wife, Rebekah.

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Reservations are now being taken for the breakfast at a cost of $35 for faculty, staff and community members and $12 for students, with proceeds to benefit the Gertrude Mary Smith Boddie Scholarship Fund. The Boddie Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduate students of color at ESU. In 1904 Ms. Boddie was the first African-American student to graduate from what was then known as East Stroudsburg State Normal School and ultimately became East Stroudsburg University in 1983.

As a result of the breakfast, three Boddie Scholarship awardees will each receive a $2,113 scholarship award for the Spring 2015 semester. Scholarship winners are selected based on their ability to demonstrate, through community service work or university involvement, a commitment to Dr. King’s philosophy of non-violence, equality, justice, cultural diversity, and a respect for humanity.

Breakfast organizers are also asking regional business organizations to consider becoming a sponsor of this community event. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call 570-422-7000.

For more information about the Celebration Breakfast or for special accommodations, contact Cornelia Sewell-Allen, director of multicultural affairs, at 570-422-3896 or email at