Alan Craig came to live in Newham four decades ago, soon after his conversion to Christ.
He founded and was first live-in warden of an after-care home for young offenders on their release from prison, based in Canning Town. He was subsequently appointed director of the Mayflower Family Centre (now River Christian Centre), also in Canning Town. For eight years (2002 to 2010) he was a Christian Peoples Alliance councillor on Newham Council.
Since moving to Forest Gate he has joined the leadership team at Ridley Community Church where he enjoys the friendliness of the people, the challenge of a church plant and a regular preaching slot.
Alan is happily married with two step-sons and two daughters. He likes dog-walking and swimming both in the Docks and at the Atherton Centre if/when the pool reopens after Covid.
His Christian and political passion is for those who are sidelined, ignored or abused by self-serving authorities and self-centred powerful people.
One of Alan’s favourite scriptures is Philippians 2:6-11, especially verses 8 and 9: “He (Christ Jesus) humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.”