Rev. Carol “Callie” Winn Crawford is appointed as Interim Pastor of Gretna United Methodist Church effective November 2, 2019 and will serve in this capacity for November and December.
Rev. Callie served for over forty years as a pastor in the Louisiana Annual Conference retiring in 2017. Her last appointment was as Senior Pastor at Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church. Before that, she served churches in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas as well as Campus Minister at the University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans, and Delgado Community College. Over the years, she has served on several conference boards and commissions, including the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the Board of Global Ministries, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, and the Episcopacy Committee. She has served as a delegate to both the Jurisdictional and General Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Callie is married to Billy Crawford, a retired educator, and education consultant. Billy who served many years as a high school principal and as the Assistant Superintendent of the Louisiana State Department of Education. Rev. Callie has two children, Luke and Sarah. Luke, who lives in New York City and is the Artistic Director for both the Manhattan Chamber Players and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival. Sarah, a trained social worker. Callie enjoys reading, writing, walking, cycling, gardening, and spending time with family.
The Bishop and Cabinet are working towards providing a permanent pastor effective January 1, 2020. The Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee met in consultation with Rev. Jan Holloway Curwick, the Missional Strategist and Superintendent for the New Orleans District, on Saturday, October 19, regarding the appointment of Rev. Crawford. The mission of the church, the lay leadership, and the status of the church and the pastoral needs for the church going forward were also discussed.
Please join me in welcoming our Interim Pastor, Rev. Callie Winn Crawford to Gretna!