ShaiVaughn Crawley is a 22-year-old writer, speaker, cyclist and sociology major from Charleston South Carolina. In 2011, at the age of 16, he preached my very first sermon as a part of Central RMUE Church’s Pastor’s Aide anniversary service. In December of 2013, he was selected to work with Lifeway Christian Resources, America’s largest Christian Bookseller to date, at a Christian summer camp called CentriKid. At that camp (which ran from June-August 2014), he worked with youth from 2nd-6th grade, teaching them bible study and leading recreational games. In August of 2014, he was chosen by his then pastor Al Smith to become the Youth Intern of Pinecrest Baptist Church. Under that internship, he lead bible study every Wednesday and Sunday School every Sunday with youth from 6th-12th grade, and coordinated weekend events year round.

In November of 2014 at the age of 19, ShaiVaughn relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to become the Pastoral Intern at the Gallery Church of Baltimore in Eastpoint. There, he served alongside then pastor Brent Gordon, attending annual organizing meetings, maintaining the church facilities and teaching youth bible study on Sunday evenings. In the summer of 2015, he organized the church’s biggest community outreach event, City Uprising, where members of the church aimed to impact their respective communities by repairing, painting, building and gardening.

ShaiVaughn is a sociology major who also enjoys reading and writing. This year, ShaiVaughn’s latest short fiction story “Just Dance” will be featured on the internet version of new Baltimore visual arts Zine entitled TORTILLAGURL. He enjoys reading books on race, the Black church/spirituality, hyper-policing/militarization, protests/radical leftist movements, community organizing and a little bit of manga.

In his free time, he enjoys reading books, coffee, walking and/or cycling around the city, listening to music, attending dance parties, attending worship services, naps, and watching documentaries on YouTube.

He has most recently conducted his own independent study of Baltimore’s newest public transit system “Baltimore Link”, and was featured on WOLB 1010am and WBAL twice, to discuss his findings and observations. On July 10, 2017 he successfully biked from Baltimore, Maryland to Washington DC, a ride that he calls “therapeutic”.

Oh, and he’s is an avid supporter of Mumia Abu-Jamal and refers to him as “grandfather”. Free Mumia! Brick by brick, wall by wall!

He can be found on

Twitter: @ShaiVaughnC

Instagram: shai_butter_