Craig received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies and Christian Origins from Duke University. Prior to Asbury Theological Seminary, he was professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University for nearly 15 years, where he was also one of the associate pastors at an African-American Baptist church in Philadelphia. (He was ordained in an African-American Baptist church in 1991, but serves students and settings related to a range of traditions.) He has authored a number of commentaries on New Testament books as well as books covering a range of topics from Jesus and Paul to the African-American church. His popular IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament has sold over half a million copies.
He has taught in various countries, especially countries in Africa. On very rare occasions, he also speaks in other forums, in recent years, for example, for 1700 pastors in Ivory Coast (with his wife Médine, on ethnic reconciliation); for 700 pastors in Cameroon; for pastors in Cuba; for the National Council of Churches Committee on the Uniform Series; for scholarly meetings; among presenters in a Templeton-sponsored gathering at Oxford; and at a diverse range of theological institutions, in recent years including Andrews University; Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio, Philippines; the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary; Crossway College (Australia); Evangel Seminary in Hong Kong; Faculté de Théologie Évangélique du Cameroon; MacQuarie University (ancient history department); New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; United Theological Seminary; and Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Craig's wife Médine, earned her Ph.D. from University of Paris 7, and previously taught at Eastern University. She is currently coordinator of family formation at Asbury Theological Seminary. Médine was a refugee for eighteen months in her home country in Africa (Congo-Brazzaville), and together they work for ethnic reconciliation in Africa and elsewhere.