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Dear Ghost Ranch Friends,
We just received the sad news that Rev. Rob Craig, former Executive Director of Ghost Ranch, passed away today, October 19, 2019, a little after 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
His family, Sharon, Callie and Will, wrote that Rob “was peacefully resting at the time of his death, after a few days of laborious breathing which had him say, in typically thoughtful Rob Craig fashion, ‘At this point death is a friend.’ We had good days and moments of closure, and are sad to see him go but glad to see him peaceful.”
Rob’s energy and love for the Ranch continued even through this current year, with Rob as a tireless advocate helping get our Chimney Rock bequest program back on track again. Rob was an honorably retired member of Santa Fe Presbytery, having served as pastor at Second Church in St. Louis, St Andrew in Albuquerque, New York Avenue Church in Washington DC, and First Church in Columbus Indiana; as a faculty member at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; and as an Albuquerque Police Chaplain.
Rob’s many accomplishments at Ghost Ranch included the merging of the Abiquiu and Santa Fe staffs and programs, shepherding the ranch through the elimination of approximately $1 million annually in national church subsidies, and successfully completing the capital campaign that resulted in the construction of Coyote, Tumbleweed, the Family Center and the Agape Worship Center.
As Rob greeted people who asked him how he was, “grateful” was always his reply. We too are grateful for Rob’s presence among us. Rob’s spirit will forever be felt at the ranch and in the hearts of those who loved him.
Our condolences go out to Sharon and the Craig Family.
National Ghost Ranch Foundation Board Chairman
The Memorial Service for Rob Craig will be:
Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
5301 Ponderosa Ave., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
The service will be live-streamed at https://www.standrewabq.org.
Those wishing to make donations in memory of Rob are invited to contribute to any of the following:
— St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund
— National Ghost Ranch Foundation
— Albuquerque Police Department Chaplain Unit Foundation