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Meet Pastor Craig

Please take a few minutes to learn about Zion’s new Pastor, Rev. Craig S. Sparks.

Pastor Craig comes to Zion UCC from 10 years as Co-Pastor and Pastor of Columbia United Christian Church.  Craig was born and raised in the southwest corner of Virginia and northeast Tennessee, the heart of Appalachia, ‘raised, reared and run out of’ as the saying goes.  He graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 1997.


Pastor Craig also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina with a concentration in History. Before that he was an infantry officer in the Army. That was a great adventure for him. “The first 5 airplanes I was ever in, I jumped out of” he recalls.


Pastor Craig is excited by the opportunity presented here in Perry Hall to find creative ways to make Biblical faith real and engaging for people of all ages. Connecting families and allowing the wisdom and energy of the generations to come together as they grow into all their God given potential, is his goal. He is passionate helping people see the Spirit at work in their lives and in the whole community. He enjoys hanging out with the youth, children sermons and just plain visiting folks.


Hiking, cooking, gardening, outdoor activities, reading, and sports – especially football are some of the activities that Pastor Craig enjoys.  Currently, he is living in Dundalk with his beloved dog LuLu.  “She was my Mom and Dad’s dog and after they died and so you could say, I live with my four-legged step-sister.” If you stop by the Church during the week, you’ll definitely want to meet her!

Pastor Craig Sparks - Zion UCC Perry Hall, MD
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