Rev. Mark Craig
Over his 40 years of work in ministry, Mark Craig developed a reputation as a community advocate and an extraordinary spiritual leader. His engaging speaking style and innovative problem solving skills were employed to found Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano in 1980 and to serve as Senior Minister at Highland Park United Methodist Church from 1995 -2013.
During his 18 year tenure at HPUMC, the staff and congregants exceeded his wildest dreams, most notably in the area of selfless service to the local Dallas community. In 2005, HPUMC was the first institution in Dallas to make a sizeable financial commitment to then-mayor, Laura Miller, for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort -ultimately raising over $4 million. Mark also helped to drive the largest commitment (100 homes) to Habitat for Humanity ever made at the time.
Through the years, Mark has received personal invitations from George W. Bush to preach at the Texas Gubernatorial inauguration in 1999, the private family service before Bush’s first presidential inauguration, and the service at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. before Bush's second presidential inauguration.
In the wider Dallas community, Mark Craig served as Chairman of Development for the St. Mark’s School Board of Trustees and is a long-standing member of the Board of Trustees at Southern Methodist University