Craig and Courtney have been married since 1990 and have been blessed with four amazing children, two delightful daughters-in-law, and five absolutely wonderful grandkids.
Craig has a business background. After earning a MBA from Millsaps College in 1994, he worked for years in corporate finance and eventually opened a general contracting business. He was operating this business when he and Courtney were both called to attend seminary.
Their years at Covenant Theological Seminary were a fun throw-back to their undergraduate years of backpacks and sitting in class together. They both graduated in 2013 with Master of Divinity degrees and then served on staff at the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis, MO. During this time, Craig began a Doctor of Ministry degree at Covenant Seminary, which he completed in 2019. Craig’s dissertation was “Diversity for the Rest of Us: Pursuing the Imperative Beauty and Benefits of Koinonia in Christ Between Mono-Ethnic Anglo- and African-American Churches.”
Courtney currently works for The Gospel Coalition as the Coordinator of Women’s Initiatives. She has several published Bible studies and loves to travel to teach God’s Word.
Craig has served as a transitional pastor for both Old Orchard Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Webster Groves, MO and Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Harrisburg, PA. On the heels of completing the role at Trinity, a former pastor of Craig’s and current ELI instructor, George Granberry, shared the vision of ELI with him. In the wake of that, Craig said, “The more I learned about and experienced this ministry, the more I was drawn to it. And toward the end of 2021, I was blessed to come on staff with ELI.”
In addition to serving alongside other ELI faculty as an occasional instructor in their respective partnerships, Craig’s arrival and interests are perfectly aligned to also allow him to serve as a Project Director for one of ELI’s existing partnerships in Kisumu, Kenya.
Courtney also looks forward to supporting the teaching efforts in Kisumu—through being available to teach onsite women’s retreats, identify and provide study materials, or serve in other ways that help meet the teaching needs of this ministry.