The Reverend Craig Thomas Robinson, Jr., M.Div., S.T.M.

The Reverend Craig Thomas Robinson, Jr is the proud pastor of Israel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Albany, New York. His previous pastoral appointment was Bethel AME Church in Bay Shore, New York (Long Island) where he served for three years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Morehouse College. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Yale Divinity School. Upon completion of his Master of Divinity degree, Reverend Robinson was awarded Merseck and Daggit prizes in preaching. He has a sermon published in The African American Pulpit journal and another sermon published in the book, 9 Marks of a Good Sermon (published by National Festival of Young Preachers). He also has a bible commentary published in the online African American Lectionary. In between Reverend Robinson’s pursuit of professional education, he spent two years as Pastoral Resident at the Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts. At Charles Street, his pastoral sensibilities were nurtured as he provided spiritual and administrative oversight to several ministries. Reverend Robinson has additional training in hospital chaplaincy through the Lutheran Social Services New York Alliance Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. His year-long chaplaincy residency was based at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. Reverend Robinson is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a preacher of the gospel, a teacher of preaching, AME liturgy, and church history. Reverend Robinson lives by the wisdom of Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.”