Rev. Craig Finley is the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hicks Addition in Spencer, Oklahoma. Rev. Finley began his preaching ministry at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Langston, Oklahoma and was licensed in May of 1990 and ordained in April of 1992 under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. James H. Davis. After serving 2 ½ years at Mt. Bethel, Rev. Finley moved to serve Rev. Dr. Vernon Jones of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Guthrie, Oklahoma. In April of 1996, after 4 years at Mt. Zion, Rev. Finley moved to Oklahoma City and joined the New Union Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Kelly R. Booker, serving 13 years as Pastor of Christian Education.
In the fall of 2008, Rev. Dr. W. B. Woodberry of First Baptist Hicks Addition approached Pastor Booker about a need for an assistant at First Baptist Hicks Addition. Rev. Finley was asked and after much prayer in seeking God’s direction, Rev. Finley went over to First Baptist Hicks Addition in October 2008..
Finally in June of 2009, Rev. Finley and his family united permanently with the First Baptist Church of Hicks Addition and Rev. Finley was elevated to Assistant Pastor. In January, 2010, Pastor Woodberry announced his retirement and that Rev. Finley would assume the leadership as Pastor following his retirement.
Rev. Finley was installed as the 9th Pastor of First Baptist Hicks Addition in August of 2010.
Rev. Craig Finley is a graduate of Langston University with a B.A. in Social Science Education and a Masters in Urban Education and also holds a Master of Bibical Studies. He is married to wife Tiffany and has three children, Alecia, Quinton and Carrington.