Staff      225-766-4594     9375 Highland Road


The Rev. Lane Cotton Winn, Lead Pastor (as of July 1, 2017)
Rev. Lane Cotton Winn became lead pastor at St. John’s in July 2017. Previously she served as the senior pastor at Pearl River United Methodist Church (Pearl River, LA), associate pastor at Aldersgate UMC (Slidell, LA) and associate pastor at First UMC of Amite, LA. Lane earned her bachelor’s degree in communications, with a concentration in photojournalism, from Loyola University in New Orleans. Upon graduating, Lane moved to New York, where she was the staff photographer and audiovisual archivist for the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of The United Methodist Church. She earned her master of divinity from Emory University and is an ordained elder. 

Lane’s husband, Ben Hartman, will teach 5th grade at the LSU Lab School, and together they have a 4-year-old daughter, Julian, and a four-legged “goldendoodle,” Hagrid. Both Julian and Hagrid are kind-hearted and quite precocious. Lane and Ben share a passion for travel, an appetite for delicious foods, an ear for good music, and enjoy the company of family and friends. 

The Rev. Julia Puac-Romero, Associate Pastor (as of July 1, 2017)
Pastor Julia Puac-Romero became the associate pastor at St. John’s in July 2017. In May 2017 Julia (pronounced HOO-LEE-uh) received her master's degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago. While in seminary she served as a hospital chaplain at NorthShore University Health care systems one year and at Humboldt Park UMC during her last year. Julia earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Centenary College of Louisiana. During her time at Centenary, Julia also served as the youth intern director at Logansport FUMC and finished her last summer in Louisiana working as an interim pastor at South Highlands UMC. Julia immigrated to the United States from Guatemala in 1994 with her parents, Fidencio and Lorena Puac to the small quiet town of Mansfield, LA. Her family since then has increased by one younger sibling, Valentina. 

Deirdre' Halliburton, Director of Congregational Care
Deirdre' Halliburton serves as our congregational care, discipleship ministries and spiritual formation leader. Sunday by Sunday, she adds to our worship services by assisting in vibrant ways of glorifying God with our St. John's family of faith. Deirdre's formative years were spent in South Africa where her parents were missionaries to the Zulu people. She attended German Lutheran boarding school while in Africa, and her family moved to America when she was 13 to settle in Mississippi. Deirdre graduated from high school at 16 and attended Mississippi College to earn her bachelor’s degree and RN credentials. She and her husband lived in Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee before moving to Louisiana in 1995. They have three beautiful children, Trey, Andree' and Will. They have been members of St. John’s for about 20 years. Deirdre is a full time student at Asbury Theological Seminary and in the process to be ordained as an elder. She love's the great outdoors, people and books and is humbled and grateful to be on staff at St. John's! 

Lynn Cooper, Administrative Assistant
Lynn, a long-time member of St. John’s, joined the church staff in August 2014 after working 25 years in the non-profit field. She has two grown sons, Paul and Jody, a daughter-in-law, Natalie, and three grandchildren, Kellen, Madeline and Elizabeth.

Brenda Green, Business & Facility Administrator
Brenda is a long time member of St. John’s and joined the staff in 2011. She has more than 20 years experience in accounting, and her work as a CPA brings new and exciting insight to the financial aspects of St. John’s ministry. Brenda is married to Nelson, and in her spare time spends time reading, relaxing and hanging out with her children.

Dr. Terry Byars, Accompanist
Terry holds a B.S. in English Education from LSU and a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts also from LSU. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at River Parishes Community College. He has been the St. John’s organist since 2001.

Carrie Stephens, Director of Music and Communications
Carrie, a native of Arkansas, received her Bachelor of Music from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. She earned a Master of Music from LSU in Choral Conducting. Carrie taught choir (and an occasional speech and drama class) for six years to 5th-12th graders. She also worked as an Activities Director at a retirement home here in Baton Rouge. She now serves full time at St. John's United Methodist as our Music and Communications Director. Carrie also sings and plays fiddle and banjo in a local band called Longleaf. She lives in Capital Heights with her two dogs, Buckley and Elsee.

Bill Putzig, Maintenance
Bill has been attending St. John's for 12 years. He maintains our facilities and grounds and helps manage set up for all of our St. John's worship services and events. He was born and raised in Florida and moved to Baton Rouge in 1997. Bill loves to hike and has two cats! 

Morgan Dynes, Youth Intern
Morgan Dynes is one of our new youth interns as she transitions to her second year of college. She is very excited to be a part of the St. John’s community. She plans to work with the kids and youth to engage them and include fun things to do for the summer. She feels a calling to being a pastor, and she is starting her candidacy process. Ministry is a joy for her which shows through her work here at St. John’s. In college, her major is Communications Studies with a minor in Spanish. She takes part in her sorority, Delta Gamma, as well as the Powerlifting Club. She also attends LSU’s The Wesley to forward her calling as well as engage in a strong community of students. Outside of the university, she loves travelling anywhere around the world and attending a spectrum of concerts. However, she also likes relaxing and watching some of her favorite movies.

Nelson Williams, Youth Intern
Nelson Williams was a youth intern at St. John’s UMC for summer 2016 and has returned to the position for summer 2017. Nelson was born and raised in Baton Rouge and studies at Louisiana State University. He is pursuing a dual-degree in Music and Classical Civilization. Nelson has been immensely involved in the communities he partakes. He was the vice-president for the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts Student Council, the Ballroom Dance Club at LSU and Eta Sigma Phi, a Classics Honors fraternity. Nelson cites the Wesley Foundation at LSU as his most meaningful and rewarding community. Having attended the Wesley since his freshman year, Nelson has held various leadership roles including leader of the Wesley Worship Band. It was through the Wesley and St. John’s that Nelson found his calling for ministry. He hopes to complete the UMC Candidacy process, attend seminary and become ordained within the church. Outside of academia and church, Nelson’s passions include playing various styles of music (classical, jazz and bluegrass), performing with his band: Brother’s Bear, reading profusely, ballroom dancing and interacting with every dog in sight.

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We are a Christian community called to share our gifts through worship, witness and service so that others will know God and become disciples of Jesus Christ.

Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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St. John's United Methodist Church

9375 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

  Phone : 225-766-4594
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  Office hours : Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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