Over twenty years ago, April Cranford served on her first mission trip, roofing a house during the day and sleeping in an old morgue at night. Since that trip, she has served five different churches as a youth director, seminary intern, mission director, associate pastor, and senior pastor. She claims mission as a key component of her faith in all settings, from the sanctuary to the neighborhood. April was born and raised in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina. She earned her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. April and her avid-angler husband, Reed, reside in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with their two amazing daughters, River and Haven, along with furry companion Daffy.
Since 2015, April has served as the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, Virginia. She writes a monthly faith column for the local newspaper and shares simple steps in mission on her blog.
April finds her joy with mountains in the background and mission in her heart.