Means of Grace: Meet John Crane, WNCC Lay Leader


Meet John Crane, WNCC Lay Leader - Episode No. 31

In this episode, Caroline Wood has a conversation with John Crane, WNCC Lay Leader about the ministry of the laity and John’s passion for the church. 

John has most recently served on our Conference Board of Laity as a result of his service as the District Lay Leader for the Catawba Valley District, but has served previously as an at-large member Board, including serving as the director of the annual "Gathering of the Laity" event for several years.

John also has a history of serving as a leader in our Lay Servant Ministry program, having been both a course instructor and the District Co-Director of Lay Servant Ministries in the former Gastonia District for over nine years.

Show Notes - Episode No. 31

John is a native of Gastonia, NC, where he and his wife, Roxanne, and sons Jonathan (20) and Zackery (17) are members of First UMC-Gastonia. John has worked in financial services and other industries for over twenty years, with a focus on human resources, project management, and change leadership. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business John Crane Administration from Belmont Abbey College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

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Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

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John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

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The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

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