About Pastor Newman
Pastor Newman was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1946, a short time after which he moved (with various stops in between) finally to Riverside, California. He attended school there through his first year of college and then joined the Marine Corps to serve a four year tour of duty as a "Photographic Electronics Technician." During his time in the Marines he was stationed (after boot camp in San Diego) in Memphis, Tennessee, Pensacola, Florida, El Toro, California, DaNang, Vietnam, and once again El Toro.
Just prior to leaving for Vietnam in 1967, he met his wife of 36 years, Linda Harencame. They corresponded during his tour in Vietnam and they were married 11 months after his return to the states on September 13, 1969. When they married he was a "pagan" (as he likes to remember), and she was Lutheran in the Missouri Synod at Hope Lutheran Church, Whittier, California.
After 3 years of marriage their first child, Krika, was on the way (born in 1972), and Linda decided it was time to get back to Church. She told her husband that she was going with him or without him, and still being in love he decided discretion was the better part of valor, so he conceded and joined her. Before long the Holy Spirit had done His work and soon Pastor Newman (no longer a pagan) was actively involved at Hope and considering whether God might be able to use him in the Pastoral Ministry of His Church.
In the meantime there were lots of other things to consider, as they had built a small business in the retail lighting industry and very much enjoyed doing that. But, after much prayerful consideration the family (which now included another daughter, Blythe, born in 1974) got their future ministerial student educated as was specified by the Seminary, sold their house, sold their business, bought a home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and headed for life as student and family at Concordia Theological Seminary in February of 1981.
After 3 years of study the family was on the road once again to Phoenix, Arizona, where Pastor Newman (then Vicar Newman) would serve a 1 year "residency" as a student "assistant" at Lutheran Church of the Master. The year went fast (sometimes not fast enough), and the first call came through from the Seminary for a little (and we do mean little) town of Forest Green, Missouri (a town of 75 souls) right in the middle of Missouri where Pastor Newman was installed in September of 1985 as their new Pastor (that was after his ordination at Hope, Whittier, on August 4, 1985).
Unfortunately cultural shock was greater than anyone expected, and it wasn't long before the Holy Spirit was moving to send the family one more place. About 2 years after his arrival there in Forest Green he received a Divine Call to be the Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kearney, Missouri and quite obviously that's where he still is.
If you're interested in learning more about how God worked in his life to bring him first to Christ and then to serve His Church as a Pastor, please feel free to e-mail him.
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