At a very early age, First Lady Lisa Craig of St. John Presbyterian Church discovered her desire to serve in a helping position or profession—whether it would be in ministry or outside of the church, she didn’t know. It turned out to be both for Craig, who is also a licensed marriage and family therapist.
“My relationship with God started as a child,” says the mother of two and wife of Pastor Steven Craig. “I started to participate in my church’s youth program and developed a close relationship with my youth pastor’s wife; I believe God was drawing me in a direction that I ended up going.”
Now, the UC Davis and Fuller Seminary alumni owns her own private practice—just a half a block from St. John’s—where she meets with children, adults, couples, and among them, members of her very own congregation.
“It’s been very gratifying. I really believe God puts me together with these individuals who come into my office and that God is the healer and I’m a vessel of his healing truth.”
But even successful women have role models. For Craig, she thanks her husband’s mother (who was also a first lady) with guiding her in balancing her home life, taking care of herself, and also serving outside the walls of her home.
“One of the things she said early on, that fit for me, was of playing a more behind the scenes role and making sure that the home is a refuge. And that’s been a real value of mine—the opportunity and responsibility of being available to my husband and my children in a way that supports them and nurtures them.”