Jane was raised Lutheran (ALC then ELCA) in Northeast Wisconsin. Her home church was First American Lutheran Church in Oconto.
I have to give credit to my mom for raising me in the church. She took my baptismal promises seriously. She made sure that my faith formation was complete. Some of my earliest memories are of church. I have vivid memories of singing in Sunday School and being in the Christmas program. I was very involved with my church family.
A friend, Ann, gave her a note at Bible camp around 1984 with Colossians 2:6-7:
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Since that time it has been my favorite. I look to it often.
The Crawford family moved to Minnesota in July of 2005 when Myron became Zion’s Director of Youth Ministries. Jane and Myron have three children, Quinn, Kacy, and Josiah.
Jane’s community interests focus on activities Kacy and Josiah are involved in.
I love every minute of watching all of my children succeed. I also love spending time with my family. They are the joy of my life. When I get a chance to read something for pleasure, I will take it. I also love to cook and bake. That is total relaxation for me.
Jane felt at home at Zion right from the beginning.
Everyone from the staff, to all generations of congregation members, have always accepted us and loved us as one of their own. I love the people at Zion.
Since then, Jane has been involved in many ways at Zion, most often in the kitchen or behind a microphone. She served in the early years of Wednesday Night Suppers, has been a confirmation guide, helped with rotational Sunday School, baked bread for First Communication, and sings both with a worship team and as a soloist.
I feel very comfortable in the kitchen at church. I love to sing. I always have. My favorite place to sing has always been church.
Jane taught English and speech in Wisconsin, and then worked as a medical assistant for about five years in Minnesota. In 2014 she felt surprisingly at peace with an unexpected call to word and sacrament ministry. In September 2014 she started studying towards a Masters of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.
I’m excited about seminary for many reasons. I believe that we all share in baptismal promises that are made, as parents, sponsors and congregation members on behalf of others. We are, after all, the Priesthood of All Believers. I believe that I have something to offer the church. My faith makes me a strong person; my background makes me a strong communicator; and my love of Jesus and belief in the Good News make me want to shout from the mountaintops.
I’ve been given the basics throughout life. Now I’m ready for more. I believe that I have been put on Earth to spread the word of God. I am excited to preach God’s word, give counsel to those in need, and help people with the baptismal promise.
There is a camaraderie and fellowship at seminary unlike anything I’ve experienced before. I love learning new things. I have classmates from all over the world and their insight really adds something extraordinary to classroom and personal relationships.
Jane will be assisting with worship and nursing home communion during the summer 2016 as part of her studies.