Billy Craig’s passion is Jesus. “I want to see people come to trust Him as Lord and Savior, and be a part of bringing His lost children home,” he wrote in the introductory sentence of the resume he sent to First Presbyterian.
We’re glad to have Billy’s passion as part of our ministry team. On Sept. 1, he began work as the church’s associate pastor for youth and evangelism.
From the time he received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994 to the present, Billy has been pouring his life into children and youth, whether it be in Huntington, West Virginia, where he grew up, or Orlando, Florida, where he graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary, or most recently as associate pastor for youth and young adults in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Billy served 17 years in Mechanicsville, where under the care of his mentor, he added pastoral care; preaching; officiating funerals, weddings and baptisms; visitations; moderating meetings; officer training; and teaching to his responsibilities. As his skill set grew, so did his ministry.
While investing in teenagers and young adults, Billy’s passion for Christ ignites their own passion to know Him more. In his church outside of Richmond, his youth program grew exponentially both spiritually and numerically. Billy and wife Avery started a small-group ministry that met at local restaurants all over the Richmond area, and watched God grow that ministry from 20 students and four adult mentors to over 300 students and 60 adults who meet for study, prayer and spiritual growth. These small groups function as tools for both evangelism and discipleship. Around 60 percent of the 300 participants are not part of the church, but rather members of the community who were invited by friends.
Billy and Avery have been married since 1998 and are a strong team in ministry. They have six children, all of whom they are homeschooling.