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Bishop Judith Craig

United States

6846 McGreegor Street
Worthington OH 43085

Phone Number
(614) 396-8370

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Judith Craig was born in Lexington, Missouri. She attended William Jewell College (B.A.), Eden Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and Union Theological Seminary (M.A., C.E.). She was honored with an honorary D. D. from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1980.

Ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Francis E. Kearns, Judith became a member of the East Ohio Annual Conference. From 1972-76 she served Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church in Cleveland, first as minister of religious education and then as associate minister. The next four years she was pastor of Pleasant Hills United Methodist Church. In 1980, Judith Craig was appointed as Director of the East Ohio Conference Council on Ministries.

Judith Craig was a delegate to the 1980 and 1984 General Conferences, and in 1980 served as secretary of the Legislative Committee on Higher Education and Ministry.
The North Central Jurisdictional Conference elected Judith Craig to the episcopacy in 1984. She was assigned to the Michigan Area from 1984-1992, and then moved to the Ohio West Area where she served until her retirement in 2000.

During her episcopacy, Bishop Craig has served on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (1984-1988); the General Council on Ministries (1988-92) and the General Board of Publication.

Bishop Craig received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Adrian College in 1985 and a Doctor of Divinity from Otterbein College in 1994, a Doctor of Divinity from Lebanon Valley College in 1994, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Baldwin Wallace College in 1979. She authored a chapter, AA Bishop=s Letter to Her Goddaughter@ in a collection called Confessing Conscience: Churched Women on Abortion, published by Abingdon.

In 1996 she delivered the Episcopal Address to the General Conference on behalf of the Council of Bishops.

In retirement, Bishop Craig has become the Bishop in Residence and Visiting Professor of Leadership at Methodist Theological School of Ohio.


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