United Methodist Church

8605 S. Cregier Avenue, Chicago, IL  60617
"Holding, Helping and Healing with God's Limitless Love"

Staff & Leadership
The Rev. Dwayne Craig
SENIOR PASTOR - The Rev. Dwayne J. Craig became Pastor of Southlawn UMC in February 2015. He is a native Floridian. He graduated from Bethune-Cookman College of Daytona Beach, Florida, magna cum laude. He holds graduate degrees from Duke University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and, at present, pursuing his PhD degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Northwestern University. Click here for full bio.
Betty Morris
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - Mrs. Betty Morris has been with Southlawn UMC for over 10 years. She considers it an honor to serve the Pastor and members of Southlawn. She is a retired Chicago Transit Authority Supervising Rail Instructor. She enjoys square dancing and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Norman Rucker
MINISTER OF MUSIC - Although not formally trained in music, Norman hails from an immensely musical family. Blessed with the gift of perfect pitch, his skills include piano, organ, chorale directing, writing and arranging. In addition to serving at Southlawn United Methodist Church, Normanís musical talents have been shared with Grant Memorial AME, St. John CME, Maple Park UMC, and Mandell UMC where he served for 26 years. Norman holds a BA degree from Chicago State University.
Brandyn Rucker
DRUMMER - Brandyn has been with Southlawn United Methodist Church since September 2016. He began taking piano lessons at age 7. A classically trained pianist, he learned works from many classical composers including Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. When joining his high school band he chose the percussion section, there he discovered a love for drums that he didn't quite have for the piano. Adding to the piano and drums, he also play bass guitar and violin.
Barbara Blackstone
DIRECTOR OF THE CHILDREN'S CHOIR - Mrs. Barbara Blackstone was educated in Music Theory and Piano Performance at the Julliard School in NYC. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Mannes College of Music in NYC. Mrs. Blackstone received a Master of Music Degree in Choral Education from Vandercook College in Chicago. She received a National Board Teacher's Certification in 2001. Mrs. Blackstone is the Music Teacher at Burnside Scholastic Academy. She has been there for 14 years. She is excited about the New Generation Children's Choir and warmly welcomes new members ages 7-11 years old.
David Williams
CUSTODIAN - Mr. David Williams has been with Southlawn since April of 2010. He is a very dedicated worker. Southlawn is happy to have him.
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