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 the Wesley Campus Ministry 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 who helped to re-open three post-Katrina recovery schools. Callie has two children: Luke Winn Fleming, who received his Doctorate in Viola Performance from the Juilliard School in New York City where he is Artistic Director for the Manhattan Chamber Players. Callie’s daughter, Sarah Winn Fleming, a graduate of LSU, was the co-founder of Hagar’s House, a Methodist sponsored shelter for women in mid-city New Orleans, recently received her Masters of Social Justice Degree with distinction from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Sarah is now on the staff at NOAids.
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.