Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


October 17, 2013

Dr. Craig Alan Bex


From there Craig continued his schooling, and served three churches in Arkansas: Hickory Plains, Clinton and Sedgwick. While at Sedgwick he carried a full college load and pastored three small churches, preaching every Sunday at 8, 9:30, 11, 5:30 and 7. He was on the road so much between churches, that Olga would ride with him reading his text books aloud in order for him to complete homework. It was here that Craig and Olga’s first child, Angela, was born on Jan. 4, 1979. While in Arkansas the family made a trip every summer to Chicago where Craig attended Garrett Evangelical Seminary. On July 26, 1979, Craig was ordained.

Craig then accepted a call to pastor in Carthage, Ind. Three years later, he was called to the Community Church in Newtown, Ind. During this time he completed his Master’s Degree in Religion at Indiana Christian University. Craig and Olga’s second child, Bradley James was born on April 12, 1983. For the following two years, Craig served as the Associate Professor of Bible and Theology at Indiana Christian University.

Craig then accepted a call to serve the Community Church in Kamrar, Iowa, in the fall of 1984. The church met in a rented building, but by 1986 they had built a new church. Craig served Kamrar for 14 years and the children were raised and graduated from Northeast Hamilton Schools. At the dedication service of the new church in Kamrar an offering was taken with hope of building a sister church in the Philippines. God blessed in a powerful way, and the offering was enough to build five churches. A year later, in 1987, Craig was invited by the Christian Evangelical Mission to travel to the Philippines and dedicate the five churches that were built. Subsequently, for 38 days Craig traveled in the jungles of the Philippines, reaching several tribal villages by foot, jeep, horseback and outrigger canoe.

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