The Rev. A. Craig Dunn was born and raised in Montclair, N. J. Upon graduating from Montclair High School with a football scholarship, he attended Villanova University. In 1981, when Villanova disbanded their program Rev. Dunn transferred to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication in 1983. Reverend Dunn is a two-time graduate of Drew Theology Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Master of Sacred Theology (STM). Reverend Dunn was licensed to the Gospel Ministry in 1991 at the St. Paul Baptist Church, Montclair, NJ.
Rev. Dunn served at the New Hope Baptist Church in East Orange and was ordained in 1998. He also served as a Chaplain at the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center and was a volunteer at the Northern State Prison Correctional Facility. Rev. Dunn attended the American Chaplaincy Training School at Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Along with ministry, for more than 30 years, Rev. Dunn developed, built and supported new revenue streams for major companies such as USA Today, City and Suburban Delivery Inc., Marshall Cavendish and The New York Times. In his roles in corporate America, Rev. Dunn worked with schools and colleges across the country on such projects as the Principal Redesign Project with the Wallace Foundation. He also served on the council for the American Association of Community Colleges.
Rev. Dunn currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Madison. Prior to this, he served as Associate Pastor at Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church in Montclair under the pastorate of Reverend Elizabeth Campbell.
Rev. Dunn is the president of the Board of Directors of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, an agency with which he has had a relationship since he took his first martial arts class at 10 years old. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Pillar College in Newark and is also a Life Member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
In 24 years of ministry, Rev. Dunn has served as an Associate Minister, Assistant Pastor and Director of Christian Education, all of which have given him a unique understanding of churches and people.