There’ll quickly be a brand new face within the pulpit at Destin United Methodist Church, however he’s definitely not new to the Panhandle.
Rising up in Okaloosa County, Rev. Allen Newton spent his early years in Fort Walton Seaside and Destin and his teen years in Niceville.
“I graduated from NHS. Later, my spouse and kids and I spent 12 years on the coast in Northwest Florida, serving church buildings in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, and Panama Metropolis Seaside,” Newton mentioned.
Within the United Methodist Church, pastors decide to go the place the bishop appoints them. And the Newton household may be very completely satisfied about coming to serve in Destin.
“In some ways it is like coming house,” Newton mentioned. “My dad, Rev. Dr. Doug Newton, really served DUMC once I was slightly boy and a few of my earliest reminiscences of church are within the outdated constructing on Calhoun Drive.”
Rising up embedded in church and in a minister’s house, Newton developed a deep information of God’s love and style. He gave his coronary heart to Christ and responded to an altar name at a Ford Philpot campaign that emphasised God’s unconditional love.
Feeling a name from God to ministry, Newton ran from this calling initially; nevertheless, in every single place he turned, he discovered the Lord and individuals who inspired him. Newton was rooted within the vocation of ministry by means of his father and grandfather, each United Methodist ministers.
“Trying again, I can see that God was whispering his name to me all my life,” Newton mentioned. “I had different plans, after all. It wasn’t till faculty that I started to get readability. I keep in mind one night time, standing on a dock close to Tom’s Bayou, telling God I’d do no matter he wished me to do with my life.“
Forty years later, he’s nonetheless following that decision and is grateful it is introduced him again “house” to Florida and Destin UMC.
“I do assume God’s given me the present of serving to lead others to find the precise mission and objective of our congregation,” Newton mentioned. “I consider God places each particular person, each church, on this work for a cause.“
Newton mentioned it’s a privilege to stroll with folks throughout their highest and lowest moments of life.
“I like sharing the excellent news that Jesus loves us and by no means offers up on us irrespective of the place we’re in our journey,” he mentioned.
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