Two years ago, I was introduced to a gentlemen that would soon become an incredible friend. While sitting over a table full of fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and sweet tea, I had no idea that our conversation would deeply impact the trajectory of our ministries. Dr. Ed Newton is a well-established preacher of the gospel and has been featured at some of the most significant student ministry events across the nation. As I’ve gotten to know Ed and he’s gotten to know Student Leadership University, it quickly became obvious that we had a lot in common. Dr. Jay Strack has always said, “We can accomplish more together than we can on our own”. Therefore, I am proud to announce that Ed Newton is now on staff with Student Leadership University serving as the Executive Director of the Lift Tour. Ed will also be speaking at 2-3 SLU 101 events each summer and will be strategically involved in the expansion of the Youth Pastor Summit division. Below is a short bio concerning Ed and the events that he will be overseeing and/or preaching at. Please follow him on Twitter and let him know that you’re excited he’s joined the SLU family.
Ed Newton was raised in a deaf world. The only child of two deaf parents, Ed was the voice in the silence for his parents Ron and Libby Newton. Through difficult circumstances and major hardships Ed was radically saved in high school. It was through the spoken word of others and the written Word of God that clarified a call to ministry as a senior in high school. God began to show forth His sovereign will in leading Ed to Clearwater Christian College to gain a Bible education, while affording the opportunity to play college basketball for four years. Ed continued his education journey by receiving a Master in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching from Trinity Theological Seminary.
Prior to surrendering to a call to a faith-based itinerant evangelism ministry, Ed has served the local church in multiple positions such as Youth Minister, Recreation Pastor, as well as Minister of Outreach and Single Adults.
God has uniquely gifted Ed with an ability to connect with various age groups, personally and corporately. His communication style can be summarized as “passion with content” while seeking to inspire people to be passionate, dedicated followers of Christ. He and his wife, (College Sweetheart) Stephanie, and their four children, London, Lola, Liv, and Lawson reside in Orlando, FL.