Pastor Criner has served as Pastor at St. Rest Baptist Church since 2011. A dedicated community leader, Pastor Criner serves as chairman of the Faith in Fresno board, which advocates for social justice in Fresno. Pastor Criner has worked closely with Fresno Unified School District, the Fresno Police Department, and numerous community organizations on issues including educational success for students in West Fresno, police and community relations, advocating for social justice and air quality, and working to end gun violence, racism, and substandard housing from slumlords.

Pastor Criner graduated with honors from Franklin High School in Stockton, CA and accepted a full scholarship to California State University, Fresno where he majored in sociology. He then continued his education at Fresno Pacific University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis on organizational leadership.