Meet Pastor Craig
I grew up on a small family farm in southern Wisconsin and started my post-secondary education with an Associate degree in Automotive Technology from Madison Area Technical College in 1989. I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Ministry with Pastoral emphasis from Central Christian College, McPherson KS in 1994, which also included the wonderful opportunity to study at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (now Jerusalem University College.) I received a Masters of Divinity from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 2006 and am currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry Program at UDTS, focused on Congregational Revitalization – The Pastor as Leader in a Changing Context.
After serving in youth ministry roles in several churches and para-church ministries, I accepted my first ordained call as Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries with First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge IA . My family and I moved to Oconto in the fall of 2008 when I accepted the call to be pastor here.
I have been married since 1998 to my wife and best friend, Kris and we have three children. Kris is a Registered Nurse, a Spinning Instructor at the Bond Community Center and a member of the OUSD School Board. Together with life’s joys, we have faithfully struggled through painfully dark valleys. The struggles and celebrations of human life draw us into a deeper relationship with a God who is beyond our human understanding and greatest expectations. Together, as unique parts of the body of Christ, we are to live in mutual support of each other through growing and changing relationships: loving God and loving our neighbors, worshiping God every day.
I am energetic and passionately committed to being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and to therefore disciple others in their faith so that they may love God and live lives anchored in the Word of God. I believe in the Biblical mandate to lovingly, openly and prayerfully approach our differences so as to “provoke one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24) and learn more of what it truly means to “walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). I believe the Church needs to be Biblically based, actively engaged in careful theological reflection, and transforming lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. By doing this we share in God’s grace through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and give witness to the Body of Christ, the church alive, now and forever more.
Community & Caring
I am also honored to serve as a member of the Oconto County Domestic Violence Crisis Response Team, Oconto County Homicide Survivor Response Team, a member of the Bellin Oconto Hospital Board, and a member of the Bellin Oconto Hospital Citizens’ Foundation Board. In my “spare time” I enjoy spending time with my family, enjoying the beauty of nature (especially time on the waters of Green Bay and the Upper Great Lakes) and working on older cars.