Craig Greenfield is the founder and International Director of Alongsiders, a discipleship movement mobilizing big brothers and sisters for the world’s most vulnerable children. Alongsiders grew out of Craig’s years living with his family in Asian slums. His first book, The Urban Halo, has influenced missionaries and organizations around the world to find community-based alternatives to the traditional orphanage. Craig says, “These children have lost their parents; why take them away from everyone else they know and love as well? We need to be using our resources to keep children IN their communities, rather than spending money to take them out.” Craig's latest book, Subversive Jesus: An Adventure in Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness in a Broken World, was released by Zondervan in April 2016.
After relocating to inner city Vancouver, a place described by the UN as “a 2 km stretch of decaying rooming houses, seedy strip bars and shady pawnshops”, Craig established a Christian community called Servants, known for opening their home to homeless, prostituted and addicted friends.
Craig is passionate about justice for the world’s poorest. Drawing inspiration from the prophets of old, who walked around naked and buried their underpants under rocks as performance art, Craig instigated the Pirates of Justice flash-mobs of 2010 and 2011, and chained himself up outside the Singaporean embassy in downtown Vancouver.