Craig grew up loving life in a small rural community called Cokato, which of course, is home of the  annual celebration, the Corn Carnival. It was there that he grew up as a middle child in a family of five. Craig graduated fromDassel-Cokato High School in 1991 and pursued a career in broadcasting by graduating in the top two-thirds of his class from Brown College in the Spring of 1994.

After 2.5 years as a disc jockey and sports director at KILR radio station in Estherville Iowa, Craig followed the Lord’s leading into a youth ministry position at Trinity Baptist Church in St. Paul, MN. As he began his new role as youth pastor, he also began to use his God given ability to speak to youth at camps, schools, churches and conferences across the country. In the Fall of 2004, Craig made the transition from a youth pastor to a full time youth speaker and communicator. To see more about Craig’s speaking, check out

After more than 20 years in youth ministry, Craig continues to pursue speaking opportunities while also investing into the local church as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church in Long Prairie, MN.

If you don’t see Craig around town, you still might also be able to hear him on Little Falls Radio Stations doing play-by-play for local high school sports teams. When not on the radio or spending time with teenagers you can find Craig sorting through his Zubaz collection, playing disc golf, practicing Jedi Mind trick, playing Donkey Kong, listening to one of 11,000 songs currently on his I-Pod (which he paid for), or riding one his “toys” such as the motorcycle, snowmobile or pogo stick.