Remember Anna Crenshaw, the girl who sued Hillsong megachurch Australia for sexual assault by one of its employees? The courageous lady is doing much better now.
But what is she actually doing today? Also, who’s her father who eventually got involved with the case? Learn all about them as this Anna Crenshaw Bio proceeds.
Where Is Anna Crenshaw Today?
Today, Anna Crenshaw has returned to the U.S., after spending a while in Sydney, Australia (even after the case was resolved). The last we saw her IG she shared a post from New York City. But it was just a year before she was living in Pennsylvania.
Also, even as of today, she’s dissatisfied that the offender, Jason Mays, only got probation. In fact, just after a 12-month ban, Jason was back in the church administration. Anna insisted that Jason needed to be fired. “I think the message it sends to the rest of the staff and the rest of the church by keeping Jason on staff is that they can get away with actions like Jason,” she explained.
For those who don’t know, Anna moved to Australia in 2016 to study at Hillsong College. There, she met Jason Mays, a staff administrator and also the son of the human resources head, John Mays, through a mutual friend.
One night, Jason had been drinking quite a bit and at some point, he sat beside Anna and did the unthinkable. “Jason grabbed me, putting his hand between my legs and his head on my stomach, and began kissing my stomach. I felt his arms and hands wrapped around my legs making contact with my inner thigh, butt, and crotch,” Anna recalled.
Fortunately, a man got Anna away from him and allegedly asked her not to tell anyone about it. But days later, when Anna found out that Jason was married, she was torn between reporting the incident or keeping quiet because a youth leader had abused her as a child.
Unable to contain her thoughts, in December 2018, she then finally talked to Margaret Aghajanian, the head of pastoral care oversight. But sadly, the pastoral care team wasn’t really helpful and asked her to serve elsewhere instead. Moreover, she was shamed for bringing up the issue!
So, this is where Anna involved her father, and they to the police in 2020. Naturally, Jason then pleaded guilty to “assault with an act of indecency” in a local court.
Anna Crenshaw Age
Anna Crenshaw was 25 years of age in 2022.
This also means Anna was below 20 when she was sexually assaulted.
Anna Crenshaw Father
Anna Crenshaw loves her father Ed Crenshaw to the moon. He was the one who taught Anna how to always stand up for justice and aided her in doing so during her legal fight with Hillsong.
For her courage, Ed is proud of his daughter. “I’m so proud of Anna. She is doing what she can to stand up for what is right. Previous stories were run in Vanity Fair and the Christian Post. Hillsong’s responses were to lie, obfuscate, and protect the perpetrator,” he said on FB.
Ed is a Greenville, Kentucky native who went to Greenville High School, studied Government and Spanish at Centre College, “School of Theology and Missions” at Oral Roberts University, and “Beeson Pastor Program: Leadership and Biblical Preaching” at Asbury Theological Seminary.
After gathering enough knowledge, Ed then went on to work at Victory Christian Fellowship and finally became a senior pastor at Victory Church Philadelphia.
Here’s his IG @edcrenshaw.
Trivia: Ed’s mother Carroll Crenshaw worked at SuperValu and is still married in 2022.
Who Is Anna Crenshaw Mother?
Like Anna Crenshaw’s dad, her mother Lisa Crenshaw is also a pastor. However, she was an Associate Pastor at Victory Church Philadelphia. Also, she has been a Youth Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Altus, OK.
As for her education, this West Hartford, Connecticut native attended Conard High School and later studied English and Spanish at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Here’s her IG @lisacren
On Lisa’s birthday (i.e. on October 30) in 2021, Anna took to her IG to share a picture of them captioned, “happy birthday mom so happy we get to celebrate together. Love you!!”
Overall, Anna said that her parents were the best in the world. Since living overseas, their time together was shorter but nonetheless sweet. “I’m so appreciative of the weeks we are together making memories I’ll cherish forever. I got so lucky having you two as parents,” she once wrote.
Anna Crenshaw Siblings
Anna Crenshaw has a sister named Haley Riley @haleyriley_.
In 2022, Haley lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband Paul Riley @paulriley_.
Before 2019, Haley and Paul also lived in Sydney, Australia with Anna for a few years. Recalling those days, Anna said, “It’s so special we’ve been able to live overseas together the last few years! The memories will last a lifetime & I can’t wait to make more.”
Is Anna Crenshaw On Instagram And Twitter?
As of December 2022, find Anna on Instagram @annacrenshaw with 2.5K followers.
When Is Anna Crenshaw Birthday?
Anna receives her birthday wishes on August 24 and is of the Virgo zodiac.
Where Was Anna Crenshaw Born?
Anna hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Is Anna Crenshaw Married?
As of 2022, Anna isn’t married. Infact, she could be single.