UM in the News: George W. Bush surprises Rev. Mark Craig at Methodist award dinner

Rev. Mark Craig, April Box Chamberlain, President George W. Bush Photo by Scott Hagar

Rev. Mark Craig, April Box Chamberlain, President George W. Bush Photo by Scott Hagar

Rev. Mark Craig, retired pastor of the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX was recently awarded the 2013 Methodist Health System Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award, and was surprised when a special guest arrived at the awards ceremony:

Many people spoke about Craig’s positive work in the Dallas community — including Methodist Health System president and CEO Stephen L. Mansfield, Barry Andrews, the Rev. Paul Rasmussen and April Box Chamberlain. But the show stopper was former President George W. Bush, who surprised the crowd and took the stage to talk about his pastor and friend.

“When Jim Francis first informed me that this year’s Folsom Award recipient was Mark Craig, I was pleased to accept the invitation to surprise and honor my good friend and my preacher,” Bush said.

Craig has served as the Bush’s pastor and most recently gave the dedication prayer at the opening of the President George W. Bush Presidential Center in April. President Bush then shared the story of how one of Craig’s sermons provided inspiration for him to run for president of the United States.

via George W. Bush surprises Rev. Mark Craig at Methodist award dinner – CultureMap Dallas.

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Good for pres bush. What a shame that he was so snubbed by his own denomination. Thanks to mark Craig for being his pastor and toscj for allowing library to be put at smu. Liberals ,sadly, can be as narrow and mean spirited as they accuse others of being.

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