Rev. Carl Lewis Grand Marshal of Baldwin's 2020 Krewe of Donnis
The Baldwin Mardi Gras Committee announces Rev. Carl F. Lewis Sr. as the 2020 Krewe of Donnis Grand Marshal.
Lewis is a native of Baldwin. He was baptized at age seven and began preaching at age 15. He has been preaching for 38 years and has served as pastor for 36 years. He is presently the pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church #1 of Loreauville and Triumph Baptist Church of Franklin. In August 2017, Pastor Lewis began his first year as moderator of the Union Sixth District Missionary Baptist Association and has served four years as president of the Congress of Christian Education.
He has also served as a Christian Education Instructor on the local, state, and national levels for over 20 years. He is a certified dean through the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA.
His love for people and the community has led him to serve as the chaplain for the Baldwin Police Department as well as the chaplain and the public information officer for St. Mary Fire Dist. 11 of Four Corners. He is an avid community advocate and supporter. He is also a Certified Crisis Incident and Stress Management Facilitator. Carl serves on the board of directors for St. Mary Community Action Agency and is the board’s chaplain.
He attended Bishop College in Dallas, Texas and completed his studies at the Union Theological Seminary of New Orleans, Louisiana where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Comparative Religion. In December 2012, he became an alum of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas with a degree in funeral service.
He is a faith-filled man of God with a special anointing to teach, preach and sing. He has preached the unadulterated gospel in cities and states near and far. He is a visionary who believes, “To whom much is given, much is required. To God Be the Glory!”
He is married to Carolyn Stewart Lewis and the proud father of Whytley Jones, Carl Lewis Jr., Abrielle Lewis, Braedon Lewis and Zhariah Brown.
The “Krewe of Donnis” Annual Baldwin Mardi Gras Parade will roll Saturday at 1 p.m. The parade route begins at UMCOR off Main Street, travels down Main, turns left on MLK and ends at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Martin Luther King.
There will also be vendors lined up on the north side of Main Street participating the day of the parade. Grand Marshal Rev. Carl F. Lewis and this year’s Queen Ms. Brenda Ceaser will lead the parade. Ms. Ceaser will be escorted by her brother, Mr. Paul Clark who will serve as this year’s King.