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Craig Allman


Craig Allman

New Brighton Free Methodist Church
New Brighton, Pennsylvania
Quizzed 1984-1989
Inducted 2019

Bio

Craig Allman lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Deanna, and daughters Jenna and Emily. He serves as worship ministry for Grace Ann Arbor Church.

Questions & Answers
What were the highlights of your quizzing years?

The road trips were great. I loved traveling to different parts of the country for tournaments and seeing several of the Free Methodist Colleges. There were many laughing fits, water balloon attacks, and other memories made on the road. Since my parents were coaches, these trips were often our family vacations shared with the team.

Did you or your team win any championships? If so, what and when?

NBFM always managed to put together a regionally competitive team during my quizzing years. But in 1987 when my local team disbanded before nationals, I had the opportunity to be on a “pool” team with Laura Christensen from Wenatchee, WA, and Curt Combs from Greensburg, Indiana. Together we won the Alpha and Omega trophy.

What was your favorite scripture? Why?

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” I have many favorite scriptures, but this passage connects textual word to the Living Word, Jesus Christ, and proclaims the efficacy of it all. Life will strike me to the core and this world will pass its judgment on me. But the Living Word is true, and I want to feel it bone-deep, speaking, guiding, and judging in my life.

How did quizzing affect you as a teen?

I can’t imagine anything else giving me the motivation to memorize Scripture like Bible Quizzing did. It was not over-spiritualized. It was fun. It was camaraderie and belonging. It was also bigger than my local church and provided a connection to the larger church even beyond my denomination. Even though Bible Quizzing is in some ways a strange and unique context, it somehow connected the Scripture to the stuff of real life and to lots of relationships with real people. It gave the Scripture another dimension of credibility.

What difference has quizzing made in your life to this day?

On a deep level, the study of the gospels and letters of the New Testament gave me a doctrinal and theological foundation for leadership, discipleship, and worship in the church. Also, day to day, it is amazing what a Quote Verse can do in a crisis moment. Old hand-written quote flash cards have been tucked into journals, books, drawers and all sorts of places where I have needed to draw upon them for guidance and encouragement for myself and for others.