Staff      225-766-4594     230 Renee' Drive   Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 11 a.m. and Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.


Rev. Lane Cotton Winn, Lead Pastor 
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. 

Pastor Julia Puac-Romero, Associate Pastor 
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 Discipleship & Connection
Deirdre' Halliburton provides oversight of our Christian Education programs, fellowship and connection opportunities, including Heavenly Hash, planning of special events, oversight of children and youth ministries alongside other staff and volunteers, and leadership recruitment and development of existing and new ministries. 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. On staff since 2016, Deirdre' is a full-time student at Asbury Theological Seminary and in the process to be ordained as an elder. She loves 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.

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
Carrie, a native of Arkansas, received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education 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. Carrie started at St. John's in 2015 and now teaches K-2 Visual and Performing Arts at Democracy Prep Baton Rouge. She loves to sing, play fiddle and banjo and hang out with her three dogs Buckley, Elsee and Millie! 

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! 

  Be Welcomed. Be Loved.

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.
Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

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St. John's United Methodist Church

(Note New Mailing Address)
230 Renee' Drive
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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