The Most Rev. Craig William Bates, our second Patriarch, was born in Watertown, New York on December 28, 1949 to George William Bates and Barbara Jean (Dempster). Shortly after his birth, his father moved the family to the Northeast part of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he spent his early childhood. The family eventually moved to Lower Bucks County (Levittown) where he graduated from High School. The family then moved to Western Massachusetts where he spent the next 17 years.
The Patriarch did his undergraduate work at Georgetown College, Georgetown Kentucky; Worcester Junior College, Worcester, Massachusetts; and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Franconia College, Franconia, New Hampshire. He graduated with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts. He has a M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary, New York, New York.
Prior to entering seminary, he worked in the area of substance abuse and criminal justice. He held various positions with the Massachusetts Division of Drug Rehabilitation, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and with various substance abuse programs. He was on the staff of one of the very first therapeutic communities in the United States and was part of a team that developed therapeutic models for the treatment of drug abusers and their families.
Upon graduation from Seminary, he was ordained a deacon (June 14, 1980) and then a Priest (December 13, 1980) in the Episcopal Church, USA. He first parish was the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Fitchburg, Massachusetts where he served as Senior Pastor from 1980-1985. Under his Pastorate the parish not only grew in size but in ministry and renewal. He continued his work among the broken and the poor and was a member of several boards and chaplain to many organizations.
In 1985, he accepted the call to be the Associate Pastor of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Malverne, New York. In 1990, upon the retirement of the Senior Pastor, he was called to be his successor and has remained as Senior Pastor since then. In 1994, he joined the Charismatic Episcopal Church and his congregation followed in January of 1995 and changed their name to The Church of the Intercessor. On November 14, 1997, he was consecrated the first Bishop of the Diocese of the Northeast. On January 9, 2008, he was elected the second Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.
The Patriarch has served at the Cathedral Church of the Intercessor for 25 years. During that time Church is known as a place of strong Biblical Preaching and Teaching, as well as, a House of Prayer. The Cathedral has an extensive ministry to families and young adults, as well as, a large recovery ministry. The Patriarch is well known in the New York Metropolitan area as a voice of unity among the churches. He has been a leader in the Prayer Movement and is a member of the Board of Directors of Concerts of Prayer of Greater New York, the largest inter-denominational and multi-ethnic ministries in America. He is President of Bridges of New York an outreach to people in transition from jail or prison. He is also President of the Brotherhood of St. Joseph a ministry to the poor and disenfranchised.
The Patriarch is married to Cathy Lee (Giles) and they have been married for 39 years. Together they have three grown children Joel W. Bates, Katie L. Melanson (wife of Joseph Alan Melanson), and Sarah E. Bates. They have four grandchildren Jocelyn, Callie, Aaron and Devon.