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Rev. Craig Douglass

Reverend Craig W. Douglass is a native of the Bronx, New York and the only child of Virginia Cooke Douglass and the late Alvin Walter Douglass, Jr.


Rev. Douglass attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. and is a graduate of Excelsior College of Albany, NY receiving a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Resource Management.  He has also earned a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Northeastern Seminary and a Masters of Social Work Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, both in Rochester, New York.


Rev. Douglass has worked as a Social Worker in the Cheektowaga Central School District. He has also worked for Jericho Road Community Health Center as a Parent Child Home Program worker. He is currently a Faith Sharing Facilitator for Master of Divinity Students at Northeastern Seminary.  He is a former Member of the School Board for the Charles G. Finney High School and served as an interim Principal & Administrator. He is past member of The Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union Local #3.

His affiliations include membership of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Omega Chapter as well as Member of Paramount Lodge #73 & Bison Consistory #29, 32° f & am ph. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Families’ Child Advocacy Network which ensures that families in Erie County raising children with emotional, behavioral, and/or social disabilities has access to needed support, information and services.

Rev. Douglass entered the ministry on December 23, 1985 and has had Pastorates in the New York and Western New York Conferences of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Rev. Douglass has served as the Western New York Conference Necrology Committee Chairperson for 14 years, the Buffalo District Director of Evangelism for nine years, and has been a member of the Western New York Conference Board of Trustees since 2006. He is currently a member of the Judicial Council of the A.M.E. Zion Church, elected as alternate during the 2012 General Conference and called into active duty in 2013.


In June of 2014 during the Western New York Annual Conference, the Right Reverend Dennis V. Proctor appoint Rev. Douglass as the Presiding Elder of the Rochester-Syracuse District.


Rev. Douglass also works as the Mobility Counselor for HOME, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, a not for profit civil rights organization fighting housing discrimination in the Buffalo-Niagara region.


Rev. Douglass is married to the former Yvonne Hunter and father of four children; Ebony, Amber, David and Jonathan.

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