Craig John Fox was escorted to his heavenly home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 21, 2017. Craig was born on February 14, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Redford, Michigan. He was the younger of two boys. He enjoyed playing tennis and basketball, but mostly golf, golf, and more golf. He spent his summers at Burrough Farms (a recreational park for employees of Burroughs Corporation), where he developed lifelong friendships and memories.
Craig attended Michigan State University with a desire to go into law. But the Father God had other plans. While at Michigan State, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His life was never the same. He attended Great Lakes Bible College in Lansing, Michigan, for seminary. In his first Bible, Craig’s dad wrote: “Put this to work and treasure its contents always. Absorb Proverbs 3 and adopt Matthew 6:33 as your life’s motto. You may not become wealthy in the world’s goods but you will find the only lasting wealth.” Craig took those words to heart. He loved the Lord and His Word; he preached the Gospel and never wavered in teaching TRUTH (which cost him greatly in many ways). It gave him great joy in counseling those hurting and struggling.
A close friend had this to say about him: “He invested his time and energy into the communities across the country where he was a pastor. The returns on his investments, in the form of souls won for Christ, are still being reaped today by those who followed behind him. His influence for Christ in this world will continue for decades thanks to his vision for the cause of Christ and enabling local churches to grow and expand in their efforts to reach the lost. He never quit giving of himself.” His ministries included:
Sr. Pastor – United Presbyterian Church in Brighton, Michigan
Youth Pastor – Mount Carmel Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia
Sr. Pastor – Bella Vista in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sr. Pastor – Christ Community Church in Ardmore, Oklahoma
Sr. Pastor – Santa Cruz Bible Church in California
Sr. Pastor – CrossLife Chapel in Plymouth, Michigan
Craig (known by many as Fox or Foxy) was a pastor, teacher, church “planter,” shepherd, and mentor to many. He was a faithful friend and confidant; loving and generous to a fault. He was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America for 1974. He had great interest in history and current events and was an activist. He was the life of any party and loved to elaborate and embellish a story he was telling. He had an infectious laugh, could start a conversation with anyone, and never met a stranger.
Craig is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Fagan Fox. He also is survived by his sister-in-law, Katie Wall Fox; nieces, Stephanie Fox Goltez and Amanda Fox Gibbons; and nephew, David James Fox. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas James Fox and Esther Wright Fox, and brother, James Alan Fox.
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