Father Craig David Uffman became the tenth rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church of Rochester, New York, in September 2010. He recently completed his PhD studies in theology and ethics at Durham University. His research is on the virtue ethics of Richard Hooker, in conversation with the ecclesial ethics of Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells. His dissertation, How the Mind of Christ is Formed in Community: The Christodramatic Ethics of Richard Hooker, is an inquiry into how the practices of the Church lead to communities of virtue that denote the triune God.
Prior to serving in Rochester, Craig and his wife, Claudia, lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, for five years, while Craig was assistant-to-the-rector of St. Anne’s Church in Warsaw, Indiana. Fr. Craig is a graduate of the Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.
Craig is a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer before beginning a business career. Craig served as president of a high technology company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after leaving the Navy, and is the author of a book on small-business lending in the credit-union industry. He served in a variety of lay leadership positions and taught adult Sunday school for over 20 years, while discerning his call to ordained ministry.
Father Craig and Claudia are the parents of three children. Craig is an avid fan of the Navy, Louisiana State University, North Carolina, and Duke sports, and enjoys running, cycling, backpacking, and triathlon.