Born in Tacoma, Washington, and now a Canadian citizen, Craig Tanksley’s professional and spiritual journey has taken him on many paths, but always strong Christian ones.
“I was born into one of the smaller Pentecostal organizations called the Open Bible Standard Churches,” he says, and as described by Dr. Richard Leggett of the Vancouver School of Theology, he is one “who rooted in the neo-Pentecostal tradition has to come to a deeper appreciation of the Anglican tradition.” …
Having had extensive experience in both evangelical and Anglican churches, as well as missionary service in the Far East, he was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1981 and as an Anglican priest in 2001.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington. After studying at the Fuller Theological Extension in Seattle, he completed a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. Along with Holly, his wife, who is also an ordained minister, they have traveled extensively throughout the world, and are avid backpackers. Blessed with an excellent singing voice, he has had a lifelong love of gospel music.
Craig came to St. Alban’s in 2002. He energized and enriched the parish with his enthusiasm, his irrepressibly sunny temperament, loving and attentive pastoral care, and outstanding preaching.
In the spring of 2008 Craig left St. Alban’s to join the pastoral team at St. Marks. He says, “I want parishioners to grow into the full stature of Christ. I want them to attain the maturity in faith to which God is calling them. I believe that God is calling all of us to be more than we are, something that God envisions us to be. A good picture of full Christian maturity can be seen in Psalm 1. Those who walk in the counsels of the Lord, ‘are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither’. Bearing fruit year after year, faithfulness rooted in drinking of the life of God and bearing the fruit of the Kingdom of God. That’s what I want to see happening to people. We won’t arrive in this life to full Christian maturity, but the thing is to keep on this road, growing to fruitful maturity.”