ATLANTA (BP)–Craig Skinner, former professor of preaching at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, died Aug. 10 in Atlanta after an extended battle with cancer. He was 75. He taught preaching at Golden Gate’s Northern California campus from 1982-94.
Skinner and his wife, Betty, retired to Atlanta in 1994 to be near children and to facilitate a continued itinerant ministry of preaching and lecturing.
Students under Skinner’s tutelage learned a disciplined method of expository preaching as the foundation for their ministry of proclamation. Skinner was well-known for his specialization in the ministry and preaching of the famous British Baptist pulpiteer C.H. Spurgeon and for his biography of Spurgeon’s son, Thomas Spurgeon, who ministered in Skinner’s native Australia.
Skinner was described as “ever-enthusiastic, evangelical, energetic and entrepreneurial” by faculty colleague John Shouse, professor of Christian theology.
Prior to joining Golden Gate’s faculty, he had taught at Biola University in LaMirada, Calif.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Joy Smith, Julie Chisholm and Carol Headen; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was buried in Dallas, Ga.