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Title: Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies; Evangelism and Discipleship; Program Head
Department: Pastoral Studies
Start Date: July 1, 2016
After retiring from an eleven-year career in the Canadian Football League in 2001, Dr. Craig Hendrickson spent sixteen years in full-time ministry in Long Beach, CA, Brooklyn, NY, and here in Chicago. His service in church settings included time as an assistant and lead pastor, and as a district leader in the Free Methodist Church. His service in parachurch and campus settings included time as a leadership coach and consultant to urban pastors, leaders, and congregations with Church Resource Ministries, and most recently, as the Athletic Chaplain at North Park University here in Chicago. During that time, he also served as an adjunct professor for Fuller Theological Seminary and North Park University, and as a trainer and leadership partner with the Arrow Leadership Program. His passion is equipping current and future leaders to engage in multicultural and missional ministry, and his research interests center on bringing these distinct disciplines together. His dream is to see a network of leaders working toward spiritual transformation, racial healing, and economic justice in diverse urban communities across North America through multiethnic ministry.
BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
MDiv, Regent College, Vancouver, BC Canada
ThM, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
- "Interpretive Leadership and Cultural Intelligence: A Pathway Towards Christian Unity,” in Pathways for Ecclesial Dialogue in the 21st Century, vol. 2, Mark Chapman and Miriam Haar, eds. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.
- “Mission in an Urban Culture of Displacement: A Missional Theology of Place for the North American Church,” in God’s People on the Move: Biblical and Global Perspectives of Migration and Mission, vanThanh Nguyen and John Prior, eds. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015.
- “Using Charisma to Shape Interpretive Communities in Multiethnic Congregations.” Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 2010.
Craig has been married to Mary since 2000, and together they have a beautiful, spirited, and athletic daughter named Amaya. His two favorite past times include supporting Amaya in her athletic pursuits in basketball, track and field, and football, and supporting Golden Gopher football and basketball. He also enjoys hiking, camping, and reading, and is passionate about cross-cultural missions. As a family, Craig, Mary and Amaya have led short-term teams to Santiago in the Dominican Republic since 2014, and look forward to continuing this practice at Moody with his students.
"I like to think big things for God! He deserves it. Whether it's evangelism, or your work or your money, whatever it is, you ought to think of big ways you can be used for God."
— D.L. Moody, Founder
Moody Bible Institute