Native American ministries committee meets at Clanton Chapel UMC, Dulac

April 12, 2016
Members of the Louisiana Annual Conference Native American Ministries Committee gathered at Clanton Chapel UMC in Dulac on April 2. The committee supports the Native American ministries of the Louisiana Annual Conference, including Clanton Chapel and Clanton preschool, the Dulac Community Center, and scholarships for Native Americans entering seminary.
 
LACONAM also works to develop leadership among Native American United Methodist youth, promotes Native American Ministries Sunday, and seeks to be the voice of Native American United Methodists in the conference.

Pictured at the meeting are, first row, Rev. Kirby Verret, LACONAM chair; Rodney Cox, member of Clanton Chapel; Janie V. Luster, member of Clanton Chapel and LACONAM; second row,  Angela Creppel, member of LACONAM and Clanton Chapel; Zoeanna B. Verret, member of Clanton Chapel,  LACONAM and director of Clanton Preschool; Gabrielle Harvey, youth member of LACONAM and Clanton Chapel; Sophia Olivia Foret(baby) being held by Gabrielle; Kathy( LACONAM Secretary) and Gene Verdin, ecumenical members of LACONAM (members of Holy Family Catholic Church in Dulac); and Lawrence Billiot, member of Clanton Chapel, chair of Trustees and member of LACONAM; back row, Coby Walden, youth member of LACONAM and Clanton Chapel; Angelique Walden, youth member of LACONAM and Clanton Chapel; Virginia Billiot, member of LACONAM and treasurer of Clanton Chapel; W.C. Luster, guest; Jeri Billiot, chair of the Clanton Chapel Board and member LACONAM; Zeb Luster, guest; and Julius Billiot, member of LACONAM and Clanton Chapel.

Committee members not pictured are Luis Castillo, member of Clanton Chapel and LACONAM; Corine Paulk,  vice chair of LACONAM and member Bayou Blue UMC;  Gary Billiot, retired Native American UMC pastor and member of LACONAM;  Joyce Thibodaux, chair of Dulac Community Center Board; and John Silver, director of the Dulac Community Center.

The committee has speakers that are available to share the story of Native Americans and Native American United Methodists in the conference. For more information, please call Pastor Kirby Verret at (985) 856-5037.