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About Dr. David P. Craig

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“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.

Persist in this, for by doing so you will save both yourself and your hearers.”1 Timothy 4:16

I am a California native from Huntington Beach, currently pursuing a Senior Pastorate; and working as a Pastoral Life Coach in South Orange County, California. I have been married to my best friend, Dana, for 22 years, and have five adult children; and four grand sons. I have been a Youth and Lead Teaching Pastor in California, Oregon, and Washington for 25 years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University in Portland, OR (B.S. – 1988); Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA (M.Div. – 1991);  Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, CA & Northwest Graduate School in Seattle, WA (D. Min. – 2003). As a cancer survivor (Squamous Cell Carcinoma – back of the tongue – Stage 3, 2012) I have a special heart for people with cancer and their caregivers.

I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 because I have a passion for encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more strategic and effective in living for eternity by being intentionally Christ-Centered in 9 key areas of life:

(1) Spiritually – Your relationship to God through the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

(2) Marriage – Your triune covenantal relationship with Christ at the center.

(3) Family/Parenting – How to be a Christ-centered family and raise Children that love Jesus above all else.

(4) Vocationally – Your calling in the world and ministering within your local Church.

(5) Health – Taking care of your body that God will use on this earth until the day of your final glorification.

(6) Friendship – Building bridges in relationships as you reflect Christ in your community.

(7) Stewardship – Maximizing your resources for Christ: money, time, skills, talents, spiritual gifts.

(8) Mentoring – Investing in relationships using your unique skills, gifting, personality, and passions.

(9) Discipleship – Participating in the spiritual growth of other followers and would-be followers of Christ.

It is in any or all of these nine areas that I seek to help followers of Christ live today for that which will last for eternity.

As a graduate of Bobb Biehl’s Consulting Institute and Leadership Academy (see http://www.bobbbiehl.com/) & Life Coaching with Dave Kraft (author of Leaders Who Last & Mistakes Leaders Make, Crossway) I have received phenomenal personal and organizational leadership training and have received an abundance of practical resources for Life Coaching. I am a third generation Pastor (both my grand dads were bi-vocational pastors in Argentina). I speak Spanish fluently and have had the privilege of teaching pastors and missionaries in Argentina, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and India. I combine my theological training and 30 years of pastoral leadership experience in order to provide the following services:

(1) One-on-one coaching in the above areas – helping pastors, business leaders, and disciples of Christ in all walks of life develop their own personalized “Vertical Life Plan” – which is an intentional written account of how you can balance the Nine Key Areas of your life for God’s glory. Most of my coaching is done via phone or Skype. I coach people all over the USA.

(2) Teaching, Preaching, Seminars, Retreats (Renewals), and Workshops in all, or any of the Nine Key Areas above – I always focus on how the Person and Work of Christ are central to all of life. I am primarily an expositional Bible teacher and love to teach biblical material with theological depth and pointed application.

(3) Christ-centered Counseling for individuals and couples working toward repentance, reconciliation, and Christlikeness in all areas of  life.

(4) Pulpit Supply for busy pastors who need a vacation, or need a break to be able to attend to other pressing needs.

Thanks so much for visiting my website, and may Christ’s presence satisfy you abundantly!

In Christ’s Grip of Grace,

Dr. David P. Craig, Pastoral Life Coach

I can be reached to serve your needs at all of the following:

  • Email: LifeCoach4God@gmail.com

  • Phone: 623-308-4333

  • Follow me on Twitter: @LifeCoach4God

  • Address: Vertical Living MInistries – 915 Van Ness Ct., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Pictured above from Left to right: Son, MIke; daughter, Keely; daughter, Bekah holding grandson Doug; Wife, Dana; Yours truly; Son, Johnny; daughter Chrissy and grandson, Daniel. Unfortunately, it’s very rare for us to all be together because our four oldest children live in four different states! However, there is nothing I enjoy more than being with my family – especially when we can all be together.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” – Colossians 2:6-8

 

14 responses to “About Dr. David P. Craig

  1. Dean | Life Coach

    January 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I like the balance in what you offer; a little of everything for everyone.

     
  2. parliamentofideas

    May 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Good Afternoon David;
    Thank you for your insightful and honest review of my new book, The 7% Solution. As a new author I was quite pleased to see your opinion. I hope you noted the last few paragraghs of the book, which cited the parable from Matthew 23 of the three servants, as well as the bibliography which included the Holy Bible.
    Tithing is at the core of the book. It is a gift back to my Booomer generation. It describes how we were taught to tithe as children in the 1950s. 50% of the net profits are donated to three charities.
    So glad you enjoyed it. I hope your followers may feel the same!
    John

     
    • lifecoach4God

      May 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

      Hello John,

      The book was excellent. At first it took me awhile to get into it. However, your strategy was very easy to follow, logical, and simple. It gave me hope for my financial future and inspired me to help others with their financial planning as well. I hope there are more books to follow!

      In His Grip of Grace,

      David

       
  3. Mark

    August 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Thank you for the great encouragement and inspiration i have received from your tweets. It is good to know a bit about you and see your wonderful family

     
  4. C.L. Wilkerson

    February 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I was diagnosed with Kidney cancer 12 years ago. One month prior to the diagnosis the Lord impressed me to memorize Psalms 91 (all verses). Am healthy and blessed. Discipleship of men is my passion. Am praying for you.

     
    • lifecoach4God

      February 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you! I am so grateful for everyone who is lifting my family and me in prayer. Grateful and encouraged to hear that you are healed and doing well!

       
  5. daniel

    October 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    How come it is so hard for some people to grasp the Love of the Lord in there lives. Even though they know that the Lord loves them. Is it because sometimes we do not fully understand how much he cares about us and our needs. When you went through cancer did you ever say Why me? Or What did the Lord use this for in my life.

    – Brother in Christ Daniel.

     
    • lifecoach4God

      October 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Hello Daniel, I never asked why or why me? I knew early on that it was part of God’s plan to conform me to the image of Christ, shape my character, and help me to be more empathetic to others with serious ailments, pain, and suffering. It was difficult to go through emotionally and physically, but spiritually I was at peace with Gods daily grace and His Spirit at work in my life. I truly believe that God works all things for our good and His glory. I never questioned His love for me that has already been proven on the cross. Jesus’ life, death, burial, resurrection, and soon return are always a constant joy for me even in the midst of great suffering.

       
  6. daniel

    October 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Thank You very Much. For responding I agree we serve a amazing Lord.

     
  7. William Saus

    November 9, 2013 at 4:32 am

    David:
    I was very blessed by your website and your testimony. My wife (Regina) of twenty eight years has been an Oncology R.N. at Akron (OHIO) General Medical Center, and I have used prayer and faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST to sustain her and her nursing “ministry”. We will pray for you and your family, and ask that GOD will continue to use you in a wonderful way. We are in our 60’s and have had a special love for those suffering with cancer.
    I serve on our Men’s Prayer Partners team at The Chapel in Akron[ http://www.the-chapel.org and active in GIDEONS and The Peacemakers ministry. But my prayer is that a ministry of encouragement and teaching like yours would flourish and be blessed. May you be strengthened in every way, in GOD’s will. Love in Christ. 1st JOHN 4:4
    Thank you for your ministry.
    WILLIAM

     
    • lifecoach4God

      November 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Hello William, thank you so much for taking the time to write these encouraging words! Please thank your wife – Regina – for me – for being an Oncology nurse – what a special calling that is. I was so blessed by all the nurses that took such good care of me during my chemo and radiation treatments. One of my daughters just got accepted into the nursing program at GCU and is thinking about Oncology as well!

      May God bless you with Gideon’s and your Men’s Ministry. It sounds like you two are a wonderful couple that God is working in and through mightily. I covet your prayers for more opportunities for ministry. I especially pray for open doors to minister to those going through cancer – both caregivers and those receiving treatment – it’s a very tough road – but a time of tremendous soul searching and openness to the Gospel.

      Thanks again and may you enjoy basking in Gods grace and keep delighting in the Gospel daily.

      In His grip of Grace, David

       
      • wsaus@neo.rr.com

        November 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        Brother DAVID…our prayers are with you. There is a preacher here in the greater Cleveland area who encourages me , Scottish-American Alistair Begg, who preaches often about GOD’s servants enduring bodily illness, pain and suffering…knowing that GOD’s GRACE is sufficient. You are so helpful coaching others in their pilgrimage to know Christ, and to live life knowing HEAVEN is our ultimate home. My wife and I pray that GOD strengthens you and gives you peace that passes all understanding even as you get continuing medical care , as the Apostle Paul taught us in ROMANS 8:27 and 8:28. I pray for those who are rejecting CHRIST, and believe NOT the Gospel. I recall talking several years ago with an Israeli Government official visiting Cleveland, who responded to my question about the Apostle (Saul) Paul. The Jewish dignitary knew I loved American history and said “you Americans once had a great general named Benedict Arnold…and that is how we Jews view Saul…” How I pray for the lost, and ask the Holy Spirit to touch their souls, knowing that our bodies die and decay, but absent from the body, they will answer to the LORD. It is a blessing to know the LORD through HIS only begotten SON, our Savior. Keep up the work of the LORD, Thanks for your ministry, we will pray for you and your family. May GOD bless you. William & Regina

         
  8. Judy Graham

    October 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    David and Dana…it was such a pleasure and a blessing to meet you two at Berean Bible Church. I am encouraged by your visit and hope to see you folks soon. You were a delight and pleasure and I cannot wait to hear more from you and work with you..as we work toward our goal and His will in winning souls for the Kingdom. Blessings my friends,,

     
    • lifecoach4God

      October 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Judy, Thank You for your wonderful hospitality during our stay in Knoxville. It was a delight to spend time with the “Bereans” and get a great feel for your passion for the Lord, His church, and your community. Grace to you in abundance as we pray together for God’s guidance and provision for our futures that are held in our Lord’s providential hands – for our good and His glory!

       

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