Craig is a man on a journey with God. He was born into a loving family with four siblings and parents who raised them in the Christian faith. At an early age, and inspired by the movie “The Sound Of Music,” the family formed a music ministry team called “The Gospel Singing Tanksleys.” Over a period of ten years they sang all over the Pacific Northwest including regular appearances on a live Christian television program called “Door To Life.” They took one cross-country tour and cut a record album.
Ordination And Mission
At age 18 Craig received a clear call into ordained ministry and began his preparation at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. He then was ordained in the Assemblies of God and served churches in Tacoma, WA and Los Angeles, CA. In 1988 Craig was led by the Holy Spirit to offer a year in itinerate ministry to SE Asia. He was …
… sent out by special appointment to the Philippine Islands where he helped to plant a new church in Manilla. He then traveled through seven other SE Asian countries preaching and teaching.
A Turn In The Road
In 1989 his pathway turned north to Canada where he continued his post-graduate work at Regent College. Upon finishing his MTS he went on staff serving in the Admissions department with international students. In 1993 a door opened to join the ministry staff of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in south Vancouver. Over the next seven years Craig fell in love, married Holly, became a Canadian citizen and an Anglican. He began preparation for ordination doing his Anglican Studies at VST and his internship at St. Pauls, West End. In 2000 he was appointed to a curacy at St. Lawrence, Coquitlam. Upon completion he served for five years as the Rector of St. Albans, Burnaby. In 2008 He became the Rector of St. Marks. He has also served as a Regional Dean in Burnaby for four years and for seven years in the Peace Arch Deanery.
Craig has always had a passion for adventure. He loves being outdoors – hiking and backpacking in the mountains. The list of his exploits is long and include some spectacular journeys the High Sierra Nevada Mountains, two ascents of Mt. Rainier, the Chilcoltin Mountains, the North Shore Mountains, Manning Park, Cathedral Lakes, the Rocky Mountains, Waterton Lakes National Park, the Na Pali coast of Kauai, the West Coast and Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island.
Craig along with his wife Holly have made a hobby out of world travel. He has visited more than seventy-five different countries, many of them with a backpack, and Holly has more countries than him! A favourite was his three-month sabbatical journey in 2014 following the footstep of Jesus in Israel and of the Apostle Paul in the Mediterranean.
He has many other passions including walking, cycling, motorcycling, skiing, kayaking and philately. Mostly he is passionate about his journey with God. The journey continues as serves the wonderful parish of St. Marks. Together they move toward the future that God has purposed.