8:00 - 10:00
6 - 8
Watch Night Service
Bishop John & First Lady Linda Craddox
Dr. John Craddox proudly serves as Presiding Bishop and Pastor of Praise Temple Ministries of Neptune, New Jersey. Bishop John began his walk with the Lord at Freehold Church of God, Freehold, New Jersey, where he served as a church musician for many years. In his youth he attended Freehold Boro High School, where he excelled as a student athlete. During his high school career, he played football and wrestled. As a standout wrestler he won two consecutive District Championships and Outstanding Wrestler Awards. He was honored First Team All Shore by the Asbury Park Press. As a result of his High School success, he went on to attend Trenton State College, (now known as The College of New Jersey), where he continued to excel in earning his Bachelor of Science Degree. Bishop John was also very active in Campus Ministry. During which time he was named N.C.A.A. All American Wrestler and was later inducted into the College of New Jersey Hall of Fame. After graduation, Bishop John began his professional career Coaching Wrestling at Trenton State College. Longing to give back to his community, Bishop John returned to coach wrestling at Freehold Township high school. Later Bishop John became a Health & Physical Education Teacher at Lakewood High School as well as an Assistant Football and Head Wrestling Coach. After earning his Master’s Degree in Administration, he became the Vice Principal of Oak Street School and was eventually promoted to Director of Health Physical Education and Athletics for the entire Lakewood District. In 2014, the Shore Conference of Schools awarded him the Athletic Director of The Year Award. After 38 years in education, he retired in June of 2015. Bishop John continues to serve the community as a member of the Board of Directors of Ocean Health Initiatives Medical Center (OHI). He currently works as an Adjunct Professor at Kean University, Union, New Jersey.
Over the years, Bishop John served faithfully as Sunday School Teacher, Musician and Assistant Pastor, under the leadership of the Founders of Praise Temple Ministries, Bishop Archie Craddox and Overseer Bertha Craddox. Bishop John was elevated to Pastor and subsequently Bishop of Praise Temple Ministries. For his many years of faithful stewardship and benevolence in the service of the Lord, Bishop John was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities by Elbon Solutions College of Ministry, Apple Valley, California. After many years of working in the Kingdom of God, he was recently honored with multiple awards at the Eagle Excellence Awards at Newark Symphony Hall, Newark, New Jersey. Bishop has been blessed with his wonderful wife, First Lady Linda who is a Teacher in the Asbury School District. First Lady works side by side with him in the ministry. Bishop and First Lady are blessed with five wonderful children who also love the Lord. Bishop and First Lady Linda are proud to serve with the wonderful people of Praise Temple Ministries spreading the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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