REV. BERNADINE CRAFT

Episcopal priest, former state senator and community advocate in Rock Springs, Wyoming

 Former Wyoming representative, Episcopal priest and community steward, Bernadine Craft. 

Former Wyoming representative, Episcopal priest and community steward, Bernadine Craft. 

 
Instead of saying I can’t do this because ... I think what you have to do is say I can do this, I just have to figure out how.
— Rev. Bernadine Craft
 
 Bernadine Craft has dedicated her life to serving the Rock Springs community in her multiple roles as a psychotherapist, former state representative, Executive Director of Sweetwater BOCES and currently, as the priest of Holy Communion Episcopoal Church.

Bernadine Craft has dedicated her life to serving the Rock Springs community in her multiple roles as a psychotherapist, former state representative, Executive Director of Sweetwater BOCES and currently, as the priest of Holy Communion Episcopoal Church.

 
 

Listen to Bernadine's story.

 

Rev. Bernadine Craft is an Episcopal priest, former state representative, psychotherapist, and the Executive Director of Sweetwater BOCES in her hometown of Rock Springs, Wyoming. In her multiple community service roles, Bernadine's primary concern is being a voice for the voiceless. As a state senator and representative, having served in both Wyoming's House and Senate, Bernadine pushed forward legislation concerned with human services issues, including domestic violence, animal abuse, and advocating for the rights of children, the elderly and disabled. As a priest, Bernadine's faith belief is open, inclusive and pledges to respect the dignity and worth of every human being.

During our interview, Bernadine and I talk about her journey home to Rock Springs, the importance of being open to change and life's possibilities, and her passion for representing underserved voices in her community and across the state.

 
 Bernadine has dedicated her life to serving her hometown and community in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Bernadine has dedicated her life to serving her hometown and community in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

 
 
I tried to be the voice for the people who have no voice. A lot of groups in Wyoming are well-funded, which means they are heard. The people and the legislation I tended to sponsor were for those who can’t afford the big lobbyists. Someone has to speak for them, and I was going to be that voice.
— Rev. Bernadine Craft on serving in Wyoming's House & Senate
 
 
 Bernadine is the priest of Holy Communion Episcopal Church, one of her multiple service roles in Rock Springs, Wyoming. 

Bernadine is the priest of Holy Communion Episcopal Church, one of her multiple service roles in Rock Springs, Wyoming. 

 
 
You have to listen, and you have to be open to change, and you have to understand that the course you plotted might not be the one you end up taking.
— Rev. Bernadine Craft
 
 "Bloom where you are planted," says Bernadine about fulfilling your potential. In other words, whether you're living in a small town in Wyoming or a city, make the most of where you are and how you can apply yourself.

"Bloom where you are planted," says Bernadine about fulfilling your potential. In other words, whether you're living in a small town in Wyoming or a city, make the most of where you are and how you can apply yourself.