The Rev. St. George I.B. Crosse III, who recently celebrated his 68th birthday, has been an energetic figure on the Baltimore political and religious scene for more than four decades.
Crosse used to head the Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and now is in charge of its fair housing and equal opportunity section.
A perennial unsuccessful candidate for public office, he fondly recalled his first attempt in 1966, when he ran for Baltimore sheriff as a first-year law student at the University of Baltimore.
"I lost, but I got a lot of votes simply because of my name," he said.
Crosse, a longtime Randallstown resident, was also a popular local TV personality for many years.
"I was a regular on Square Off with Richard Sher and was on WEAA-FM for 22 1/2 years," he said in an interview the other day. "I'm taking a break from TV and radio right now."
A clergyman in the United Methodist Church, he was defrocked in 1995, after violating a provision forbidding a pastor from organizing a new church without the consent of the bishop.
The Irvington church, Overcomers Tabernacle Full Gospel Methodist Church, is pastored by his wife of 41 years, Delois Crosse.
"I pastor there but also was reappointed to the United Methodist Church several years ago, and given the Fallston Federal Hill Charge in Harford County," he said.
Crosse is a regular participant with Pray Live, an Internet radio station in Baltimore.
Crosse, who co-chaired President Ronald Reagan's Baltimore campaign in 1980, no longer feels the itch to run for public office.
"I've always been a bridesmaid but never a bride," he said, laughing. "I feel content, and I feel good," he said. "I've had a wonderful life with my college sweetheart of 41 years, two beautiful daughters, and three grandchildren."