The wait for a new pastor is over at Beulah Baptist Church (BBC) in Portsmouth. Minister Charles Newman of Columbus has been selected to serve as the pastor of BBC.
Deacon Al Oliver, co-chairperson with Celeste Adams, of the Pastoral Search Committee at BBC, said it has been 23 months, but they are delighted about welcoming Newman, Pastor-Elect at BBC.
“Our church has met and made a decision to select Minister Charles Newman of Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church (MHMBC) in Columbus, Ohio,” Oliver said. “This has been a 23-month process, a very long process. We feel very good about our decision. He (Newman) is a young man who is 28 years old. He started preaching when he was 17. He started off young in ministry, and has been under great leadership at Mt. Hermon. He has also held some great, strong positions there at the church. His pastor strongly believes that he (Newman) is ready to pastor, and everyone at our church likes him.”
Though each of the other candidates were all agreeable to members of BBC, Oliver said Newman possessed some very compelling characteristics.
“The candidates that we had were all liked by everyone at Beulah. We didn’t have any candidates that we did not like,” Oliver said. “It was just a matter of trying to narrow it down to at least two or three, and so finally we go that done. The thing that we like about Minister Newman is that when he comes in, he’s going to sort of feel his way through, to get a good handle on what he will be working with as far as the membership. Some pastors come in and they take over, but he definitely is not about that, and that is one of the things that we like. Personally, I believe that is the way that it should be. He can preach, and teach. I’ve noticed that at times that he has brought messages he has moved the church, and the spirit has been high. He also has a great sense of humor, which is always important. It just looks like it is a real good fit for us here at Beulah.”
Newman told The Daily Times that he is looking forward to serving as the Pastor of BBC. Pastor-Elect Newman will be accompanied by his family, consisting of wife Janna Newman, and three sons, Lorenzo Newman, age seven, Charles (CJ), Newman, age two, and Carson Newman, age one.
“We are definitely excited, me and my family to come down to Portsmouth. We fell in love with the Beulah during the process of going down there and we feel as if we are at home,” Newman said. “We are also excited about the possibilities, and the things that we are going to bring to the city through our works at Beulah.”
Newman has served under the tutelage of Bishop Donald J. Washington of MHMBC in Columbus.
“This is our first full, senior pastor position. I have served as a youth pastor for the last 10 years here in Columbus. So, we are looking to grow in God and grow the church at the same time,”
Connecting with the community is also one of Newman’s desires once he is situated in Portsmouth.
“I am really looking forward to coming, and meeting people in the community as well as other clergy in the area, and working together to do what we have to do for God and Portsmouth,” Newman said.
Oliver told The Daily Times that the date for Newman’s installation to begin his term as Pastor of BBC is forthcoming, and will be announced soon.
BBC is located at 1226 14 Street in Portsmouth. Services are Sunday at 11 a.m. for Morning Worship ,and Wednesday at 7 p.m. for Bible Study.
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