David J. Criner, Jr., answered the call for Interim Pastor over the congregation at Saint Rest Baptist Church and was installed as Pastor on December 11, 2011. Through his obedience to God in leading and teaching the congregation with strong emphasis on college ministry, education, witnessing and evangelism, the Church is being added to greatly!
David J. Criner, Jr., graduated from the Franklin High School in Stockton, CA with honors and accepted a full ride scholarship to CSU Fresno, while there, he majored in Sociology. He is currently attending Fresno Pacific University majoring in Business with an emphasis on Organizational Leadership.
David J. Criner accepted the call to preach the gospel at the tender young age of 10 years old, at Greater Faith Baptist Church in Stockton, California, under the leadership of Dr. Joseph L. Slade. For 17 years, he has been spreading the gospel to all, with a special focus on children, youth & young adults.
Pastor David J. Criner is highly regarded as one of this country’s jewels in preaching and teaching the Word of God. He has a unique ability to break the text down with simplicity so that the smallest babe in Christ could understand the text. With stories and examples, he paints a picture of the text with clarity and understanding. He has been affectionately labeled “the High School and College Pastor”. One who can relate to all ages no matter what their back ground. He is charismatic and humble. His smile warms even the hardest heart. More than anything else, he is a man after God’s heart.
Pastor David J. Criner is a teacher. He has taught/lectured at: CSU Fresno, Fresno Pacific University, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, New Life Clubs, Baccalaureate ceremonies, and several high schools throughout Fresno. He has initiated and lead programs at Kirk and King Elementary Schools while mentoring and encouraging students. The program is called HEROES.
Pastor David J. Criner is married to his best friend and confidant, the lovely Jessica Lauren. Pastor and Lady Jessica are the proud parents of two beautiful girls, Faith Mia and Jesselle Emily, who are being raised and trained according to the Word of God