Craig share these words about himself and his community:
As a member of Grace Fellowship Community Church (GFCC) and the director of our partner nonprofit, Grace Urban Ministries (see www.gum.org), it has been deeply soul-satisfying to commune with the strange lot that is EP. It was 2004 when our dear brethren at the Church of the Sojourners first encouraged our GFCC staff to join the party, and we’ve been participating ever since. It was not a hard sell. Mentored by the late Pastor Bob Appleby, a man who from an early age understood the centrality of the Church in God’s missional strategy, we quickly discovered in EP new and wonderful traveling partners on our ongoing ecclesiological journey.
It is this journey that I seek to bring to my writing as a columnist for PRISM, a publication of Evangelicals for Social Action and The Sider Center on Ministry & Public Policy (based at Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia) which serves “as a catalyst and connector of a community of Christian leaders” (see www.sidercenter.org). Through the column, On Being the Church (see www.gum.org/onbeingthechurch), my goal is to propose, and stimulate engagement with, an ecclesio-centered understanding of social ministry and public witness. Grounded in the truth preached each week through my pastors, Sharon Huey and company, and joined in the ongoing ministry of the congregation at large, my hope is to faithfully bring our collective joys, trials and foibles to this endeavor.
(Craig Wong served on the planning committee for Gathering 2008, was part of a the “Jubilee Business” workshop at Gathering 2009 because he is a board member of Dayspring Technologies (www.dayspring-tech.com), a gospel-centered company led by Chi-Ming Chien of Redeemer Community Church (www.redeemersf.org). Craig was a plenary speaker at Gathering 2011. He also serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association (www.ccda.org), a network of primarily urban churches and ministry organizations.)
(updated July 2011)