Introducing our Elders…Craig Harrell

I’ve been married to my wife Suelene for 28 years and we have one daughter, Rachel.  Rachel and her husband Anthony live in Merrillville and are involved with the East Campus launch.  I’m the Director of Community Relations and Marketing at Hospice of the Calumet Area and Suelene works as a legal assistant at Unterberg & Associates in Merrillville.  In February we adopted our newest addition, Dottie (look close at the photo), an 8 year old miniature from North American Dachshund Rescue.


Our family has been coming to Suncrest from nearly the beginning. We had been attending another area church when Suelene attended Suncrest’s first public worship as a show of support.  When she came home she was so excited.  My daughter, Rachel and I attended the second week and our family has been here ever since.


My biggest spiritual influence has been my wife.  Even though I was raised with Christian values (it wasn’t until I began going to church that I realized my mother often quoted scripture), our family never attended church.  I began to attend when Suelene and I were dating, and although it took me eight years to accept Christ, my wife never pressured me.  When I hear the term “Godly Woman”, I think of her.  I’m continually amazed at the impact she’s had on others and I strive for the relationship with Christ that she has.


I believe in Suncrest’s mission because it’s biblical.  Suncrest is a place where you can feel comfortable about inviting friends and family in order for them to either meet Christ for the first time or build upon an existing relationship.  That outward focus and passion for people has been a core value from the beginning, and isn’t limited to Northwest Indiana, but is invested in new churches both nationally and internationally.


On a personal note, I recently began a new hobby.  For my “Big 5-0”, Suelene gave me an SLR digital camera which gets me out of the house looking for the “ultimate shot”.  I’ve been fortunate to begin getting some of them published in various venues. 


Something that few know about me is that I was struck by lightening when I was 10 years old…which probably explains a lot!

~ by Greg Lee on July 17, 2008.

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