United Methodist Church

8605 S. Cregier Avenue, Chicago, IL  60617
"Holding, Helping and Healing with God's Limitless Love"

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The Rev. Dwayne J. Craig became Pastor of Southlawn UMC in February 2015. He is a native Floridian, the son of Herman and Cynthia Craig. He grew up in the quiet, secluded New Berlin community on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida.

He graduated from Bethune-Cookman College of Daytona Beach, Florida, magna cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy. He holds graduate degrees from The Divinity School at Duke University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and, at present, pursuing his PhD degree in Systematic Theology and African American Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Northwestern University). Reverend Craig firmly believes that theological reflections are to be linked to the concrete realities of our everyday living and circumstances, and that the church is to choreograph a love supreme as she joyfully and subversively engages in acts of crossing the borders of social and ecclesial balkanization.

Reverend Craig is an ordained elder of the Florida Annual Conference. He has pastored Trinity United Methodist Church, McCabe United Methodist Church, Tuskawilla United Methodist Church, Ivanhoe Community United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois, and currently serves at Southlawn United Methodist Church. He has served on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Board of Trustees of the Florida UMC Children’s Home, Florida Conference Table, East Angola Partnership Task Team, East Central District Leadership Council and various other boards of the Florida Annual Conference. He served as a delegate to the 18th World Methodist Conference in Brighton, England (2001), the World Methodist Evangelism Young Leaders Conference at St. Simons Island, Georgia (2004), and the 20th World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa (2011). Further, his service has reached beyond the walls of the church and into the communities to which he was appointed. He was Co-founder of the Nehemiah Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida, Director of Community Partnerships with the Community Action Coalition, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, and a Research Consultant with Manpower Development Corporation, Inc., Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Additionally, Reverend Craig is a member of the American Academy of Religion.

Reverend Craig enjoys reading, watching movies, discussing politics, playing chess, putt-putt golf, ping pong, and spending time with his beautiful daughters and lovely wife. He is passionate about the mission of the Church, and his vision for the 21st century Church in the United States is that she will live into becoming a truly polychromatic community grounded in the Deep Tomorrow (God), following the Normative Gaze (Jesus Christ), and empowered by the Loving Presence (Holy Spirit). His motto is “credo ut intelligam” (Lat., I believe that I may understand).

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