Carol Winn Crawford, Senior Pastor
Carol “Callie” Winn Crawford first came to Rayne in June 2003. Prior to her present appointment, she served churches in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area as well as Campus Minister at the University of New Orleans, Southern in New Orleans, and Delgado Community College. Over the years, she has served on several conference boards and commissions including the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the Board of Global Ministries, and the Episcopacy Committee. She has served as a delegate to both the Jurisdictional and General Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
Earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Louisiana State University in 1973 she was chosen for the honorary Mortar Board membership and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1978 she earned her Masters of Theology degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, selected by the faculty as the recipient of the 1978 Senior Award. She was ordained a Deacon in the Louisiana Annual Conference in 1976 and an Elder in 1978.
Callie is married to Billy Crawford, a retired educator and education consultant, who served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Louisiana State Department of Education and has helped to re-open three post-Katrina recovery schools. Callie has two children: Luke Winn Fleming, who recently received his Doctorate in Viola Performance from the Juilliard School in New York City where he is Artistic Director of the Manhattan Chamber Players. Callie’s daughter, Sarah Winn Fleming, a graduate of Louisiana State University and co-founder of Hagar’s House, a Methodist sponsored shelter for women in mid-city New Orleans, recently received her Masters of Social Change Degree with distinction from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver and is currently a case manager at NOAids in New Orleans.
There is a long history of Methodism in Callie’s family. She is the daughter of John Winn, founder of the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness and now a semi-retired minister of the Louisiana Conference, and stepdaughter of recently retired Carole Cotton Winn, founder and Director of the Academy for Spiritual Formation of the Louisiana Conference and who served as Rayne’s associate minister during the 1970’s. Callie’s recently ordained sister, Lane, serves as the pastor of the Pearl River United Methodist Church in Pearl River, Louisiana.
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Max Zehner, Associate Pastor
A graduate of Duke Divinity School (Master of Divinity) and University of Southern Mississippi (B.A. English), Max has been involved in the New Orleans Mission Zone and the recovery of the United Methodist Church in New Orleans since the storm. Max was ordained as an elder in 2007, and is a member of the Louisiana Annual Conference in full connection. He is an intelligent, creative, and energetic young minister with a buoyant spirit, a wonderful sense of humor, and a gentle heart. As a member of our staff he assists with worship, preaching, and pastoral care and provides leadership and support for our college and young adult ministries.
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Amanda Price, Seminary Intern
Amanda Price will be at Rayne’s seminary intern from June 2016 through May 2017. As part of her graduation requirements to obtain a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Amanda will spend almost a year observing, learning, asking questions, and participating in the breadth of ministries we have at Rayne. She is a certified candidate for ordained ministry on the elder track in the Louisiana conference of the United Methodist Church and is hoping to be commissioned June of 2017.
Amanda earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology and a Minor in Religious Studies from Centenary College of Louisiana in May of 2014. She describes herself as “a community building, home cooking, Netflix watching, family loving, theologizing, friendship-making southern girl!” Amanda grew up in southeast Louisiana and has been a United Methodist all of her life. Amanda’s father, Wybra, is currently the District Superintendent of the Shreveport district.
Amanda is a young woman excited about life and thrilled to be in New Orleans and at Rayne for her internship. She says, “I seek to be intentional in all that I do and to create a culture that recognizes we are all called to see each other as image bearers of the Lord. This is displayed in my commitment to radical hospitality to those we call the “other.”
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