Louisiana pastor, Headmaster at Lakeside Christian School in Slidell, member of Louisiana’s Republican Party governing board, and a former “Survivor” contestant who was also endorsed as a political candidate by the President of the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. was charged with three counts of child cruelty after he allegedly taped the student’s mouths shut because “they talked too much”. Reverend John Raymond, 60, was booked into the Slidell City Jail.
WWL News reported that Rev. Raymond called three students and their parents into his office where he wrapped tape around the student’s heads and mouths and sent them back to class. About 45 minutes later, “another school administrator began feeling uncomfortable about the situation and used scissors to remove the tape”. The children complained that they had trouble breathing and that the removal of the tape hurt them, and surely it did hurt when the tape was removed.
Reverend John Raymond is active in Louisiana state politics. He is a member of the Louisiana Republican Party State Central Committee, and he ran for the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2018. Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. said, “”We need godly leaders in the State Capitol. I am proud to endorse John Raymond for State Representative,” when he endorsed Raymond for District 90.
When former State Senator A.G. Crowe endorsed Rev. Raymond he said, “When it comes to taking a stand and openly supporting a political candidate, it’s not about who has the most signs and it’s certainly not the same as running for president of your high school senior class. Elections for public office should never be a popularity contest. It’s simply about who I believe is best suited for that position. I will, without hesitation, vote for and support the candidate(s) who will make decisions based on what God wants them to do without compromising. It is for that reason I am supporting John Raymond for State Representative”.
Reverend John Raymond was a legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington D.C. Besides former state representative Crowe and Tony Perkins, Raymond was also endorsed by retired U.S. Army Lt. General William Boykin, vice president of FRC.
The Reverend John Raymond is a native of New Orleans who grew up on the North Shore. His father died when he was twelve. Growing up, he was active in sports and church activities. He worked in the shipyard building ships, attended Bible College and received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and also a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry.
In his adult life he worked as a financial planner for 15-years and is licensed with the Federal Securities & Exchange Commission. He is a pastor, a radio station owner, and the headmaster at Lakeside Christian School in Slidell. Rev. John Raymond founded the New Horizon Church and Bridge Radio 88.7 FM. Lakeside Christian Academy was launched to provide “affordable private Christian education in Slidell”. New Horizon Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational church and a part of Calvary Chapel based out of Southern California where John’s pastor, Greg Laurie is also affiliated. John Raymond is also the founder and President of Disciple’s Cross, an internet business he created in the 90’s to create handmade cross necklaces.
Interestingly, Reverend John Raymond is a certified scuba diver in five countries, an actor in movies and commercials, and an internationally certified speaker and trainer. He is also a deputized Chaplain with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office, a member of the Chamber of Commerce East, a graduate of the Slidell Citizen’s Police Academy, vice-President of the Slidell Morning Rotary Club, and president of the Habitat for Humanity Faith Engagement Committee. Raymond John is an Upward Basketball Coach. He is a member of many other organizations including Habitat for Humanity Serve Day Captain for New Horizon Church, an annual fundraiser for Community Christian Concern and a volunteer, president of the St. Tammany Community Action Agency, a graduate of the St. Tammany Citizen’s Fireman’s Academy, a member of the Northshore Republican Men’s Club, and a member of the St. Tammany Board of Elections Supervisors.
Greg Hilburn of the Lafayette Daily Advertiser reports, “Raymond was a Survivor contestant in 2002; he was the voted off the island in Thailand. A story published about his exit from Survivor in 2002 described him as “bossy, dominating and (who) irritated his tribemates”.
Reverend John Raymond was booked into the Slidell City Jail for three counts of Cruelty to Juveniles. Raymond will be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond will be set.
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