A familiar face has taken the pulpit at Morenci’s First Baptist Church. Pastor Ned Newlin began serving as minister at the church in April, but has served as Sunday School teacher and pulpit supply in the past.
Pastor Newlin has a broad background of full and part-time ministry in Lutheran, Congregational and Brethren churches, as well as Youth Camp ministries. He also has a background in marketing and business management.
He and his late wife, Delila, raised five children, Ned of Port Orchard, Wash., John and Glen of Blissfield, Mich., Melissa Mutter of LaSalle, Mich., and Sharilyn Shoemaker, DVM, of Morenci. The union also resulted in 15 grandchildren.
Pastor Newlin and Rita Shaver of Findlay, Ohio, were united in marriage May 17, 2008. Rita and her late husband raised two children, Douglas Shaver and Lisa Reamer of Fostoria, Ohio, and had seven grandchildren.
The Newlins say they are excited about their ministry in Morenci. They enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the community and are looking forward to getting acquainted with the area.
The couple enjoys traveling and visiting with family. Pastor Newlin is an active amateur radio enthusiast and also enjoys bicycling.