The most recent addition to Lewinsville’s staff is Rev. Layne Baily Brubaker. Layne was accepted by the congregation, July 18, 2021, and will begin her duties as Associate Pastor for Christian Formation, August 23, 2021.
She came to us from Tacoma, Washington, where she was founding pastor of Hagar’s Community Church, established inside Washington Correction Center for Women, the state’s largest prison for women. Under her leadership, the church grew from two to more than one hundred participants. During the Covid-19 lockdown, she was the only “outside” person allowed in the prison to lead worship or any other programming.
Layne’s husband, Crawford is also an ordained minister who most recently served as a Transitional Pastor and a facilitator for the Vital Congregation Initiative with the Presbytery of Olympia. Crawford and Layne met at Princeton where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 2009 and a Master of Religion and Society in 2010. Crawford enjoys writing, particularly poetry.
Layne is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from nearby Lee University. She was a Bible and Theology major who also minored in Biblical Languages. After she was graduated from Princeton Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2009 and a Master of Theology in 2010, she worked as Site Coordinator of the Young Adult Volunteer program in the Presbytery of South Louisiana. While in New Orleans, she co-founded Okra Abbey, a new worshipping community in an urban garden in Pigeon Town, New Orleans.