About Pastor Raney Antoine
With over twenty-five years in ministry, Elder Raney Antoine, Sr. has functioned in many facets of ministry, including membership, discipleship, stewardship, and leadership. He serves as Senior Pastor and Pioneer of New Life Family Worship Center of Boutte, Louisiana.
Raney was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and was one of seven children of the union of the late Ennis and Yvonne Antoine. He attended Jefferson Parish public schools and graduated from John Ehret High School with honors. Inspired by his love of academics, he accepted a scholarship at the University of New Orleans and later transferred to Our Lady of Holy Cross College to complete a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health.
Raney received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (Magna Cum Laude) Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) in Lynchburg, Virginia in September 2010. He is married to the former Carla Marie Smith of New Orleans, Louisiana and has three children, Raney Jr., Kayla, and Y’vonne.
Reared in New Orleans in the 1960’s and 70’s, Raney states that his father was a hard worker, strong disciplinarian, and was wise beyond his years. He gained his strong work ethic from the experiences of a strict Christian upbringing. His father, who served as a church Deacon, Financial Secretary, Associate Minister, and finally Senior Pastor of Greater King Solomon Family Worship Center, instilled in him the value of hard work and putting God first. As a result, Raney grew up in ministry as a Jr. Deacon at New Zion BC on Garden Road in Marrero. He was called into ministry in the fall of 1984. After years of faithful service at New Zion, he joined Greater King Solomon on July 12, 1991 (a new ministry pioneered by his father). On December 13, 1998, Raney was licensed to preach the Gospel and was Ordained on February 13, 2000. Under the leadership of Pastor Ennis Antoine, Sr. he served as Head Deacon, Co- Pastor, Youth Pastor, Director General, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, Executive Director for IDO (Individuals Developing Others) a 501c (3) nonprofit organization pioneered with his parents and wife.
Starting with just a few family members, Greater King was a small church housed in a wooden building located in Marrero, Louisiana. The ministry grew under the leadership of his father and within five years, the congregation purchased 6 lots (the future church site), a church van, and multi-media equipment. Before his departure to become Senior Pastor, Pastor Raney Antoine assisted his father in building a brand new custom designed sanctuary with spacious offices and classrooms. It was during these formative years that God was preparing him for his assignment to pioneer New Life Family Worship Center.
Raney retired as a Licensed Respiratory Therapist at West Jefferson Medical Center in 2006 to devote more time to God and Ministry while serving as Senior Pastor of Mount Airy Baptist Church for three years. On January 18, 2009, New Life Family Worship Center of Boutte was born.
New Life Family Worship Center has and continues to be a blessing and a joy to nurture and watch God’s maturity unfold. The flock has embraced many facets of kingdom building and has been a tremendous blessing to the body of Christ. They have been and remain a priceless jewel! The vision mandated for the ministry is to “Change Lives and Strengthen Families”. Through this vision, many families have been restored, lives have been changed, people have been saved and baptized, and the work has just begun.
At New Life, we are continuing to build God’s Kingdom by harvesting souls and worshipping God without Limits! “My prayer is that we continue denying ourselves with a constant focus on Christ and lifting Him higher. Galatians 2:20 says, ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me’”. Raney really loves the Lord and his most rewarding accolade is that he’s a Servant of the Lord!
Raney was appointed as a biographical candidate into the Cambridge and Metropolitan’s Who’s Who Among Christian Leaders and Professionals and was confirmed on May 5, 2007. He was recognized for his continual work in the community and his devotion to improving academic standards of young people. He considers his greatest accomplishments as being a loving husband and father.
Throughout his life and ministry, Pastor Antoine has demonstrated a caliber of leadership well beyond his years. Recognized as a man from humble beginnings, he is a teacher, humanitarian, philanthropist, businessman, community volunteer, author, and pastor.
About First Lady Carla Antoine
First lady Carla Antoine has been active in various capacities of service and ministry for over twenty-nine years and has been married to Pastor Raney Antoine, Sr. for more than 27 years. They have three children, Raney Jr., Kayla, and Y’vonne.
Carla was educated in the New Orleans public school system and graduated in 1984 from McDonogh #35 Senior High School. She graduated Cum Laude’ with a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies from Liberty University and in Spring 2011, she received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity and concluded her academic journey with a Doctor of Ministry from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) in Lynchburg, VA.
First Lady Antoine is a minister of the gospel and has a passion for service, ministry, and caring for the people of God. She is an author, teacher and conference speaker who demonstrates God’s love to others. She exudes passion for supporting her husband’s vision for New Life Family Worship Center and her commitment to helping others is evident through her lifestyle of service.
Carla served on active duty as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. After serving in Operation Desert Shield and Storm on the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, and writing curriculum as well as teaching Medical Department Administration, she retired from Active Duty in 2002. Currently, First Lady Antoine serves as Administrator for IDO (Individuals Developing Others) and Director of Education and Youth at New Life Family Worship Center in Boutte, La.
Carla received the “MMAC Community Service Award” from Mayor Marc Morial for her devotion to improving academic standards of young people in the local communities. She completed sixty-four hours of task based curriculum development and completed 308 hours of curriculum development for the Naval Reserve.
On April 5, 2007, she was appointed as a biographical candidate into the Cambridge and Metropolitan’s Who’s Who Among Female Leaders and Professionals and was confirmed on May 5, 2007. First Lady Carla Antoine continues to walk with her husband as they “Change Lives and Strengthen Families“. Above all of her accomplishments, she considers supporting her husband in ministry and raising godly children her primary purpose.