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Edward B NewberryEdward B. Newberry was born in Dillon, South Carolina on October 5, 1946 to Rev. Earl Edward Newberry and Mrs. Inez Platt Newberry. In 1958 the Newberry’s moved to Charlotte in order for Reverend Earl Newberry to serve as pastor of the South Tryon Presbyterian Church. Edward graduated from West Charlotte High School, Charlotte, North Carolina in 1964.

Immediately after High School Edward Newberry attended Knoxville College in Knoxville Tennessee. He graduated from there with a BA Degree in History in 1968. Having accepted his call to the Gospel Ministry he entered the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, in Pittsburgh, PA and received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1971.

Edward B. Newberry was ordained in 1971 by the Catawba Presbytery of The United Presbyterian Church. His first pastorate was held at the Chatham-Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois from 1971-1978. In 1978 he was called to his current position of Pastor at Memorial Presbyterian Church.

After several years of working as a pastor, Rev. Newberry took advantage of an opportunity to increase his knowledge and skills as a Minister by entering the Doctor of Ministry program at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in 1985.

On February 15, 1975, Reverend Newberry was married to Miss Dema A. Johnston. God blessed them with a son and a daughter who are now adults. They are Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. and Sabrina Y. Newberry; Mr. Masanori and Sharon N. Toguchi. Edward and Dema also have four grandchildren: Adrian, Esaias, Brielle and Mia.

Reverend Dr. Edward B. Newberry has served Task Force, Boards, Committee’s, Associations and Organizations. Some of the most notable ones are as follows:

With the General Assemble of the Presbyterian Church:

  • Vocation Agency Task Force: Improving Minority Prospects for Ministry
  • Council on Administrative Services
  • Vocation Agency Task Force on Guidelines for Committees on Ministry
  • Special Committee on a Brief Statement of Reformed Faith

With the Catawba Presbytery:

  • Committee on Ministry
  • Catawba and Mecklenburg Presbyteries Task Force on Metro Urban Ministry

With the Charlotte Presbytery:

  • Co-Moderator January – December 1993
  • Co-Chair of Mission Design Task Force
  • Leadership Development Committee
  • Co-Moderator of Committee on Preparation for Ministry

Board of Trustees: Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond VA

Board of Directors: Mecklenburg Ministries

Dean’s Advisory Council, Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte

Knoxville College Alumni Association

A Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Along with all of the committee’s and groups that Reverend Newberry has served on. He has also found the time to have a few articles published in various pamphlets and magazines. They are as follows:

  • “Questions of Faith” March – September 1995, Community Pride Magazine
  • “Last Days, Eternal Questions” April 11, 1995, Liberation and Unity
  • Reflections and Reunion” 1992, Periscope – 3
  • “Light and Life to All” January 22, 1989, Stewardship Journey Through the Lectionary
  • “Reformed Theology and African American Presbyterian Worship”
  • The Bulletin of the Institute for Reformed Theology 2004
  • “A Brief Historical Context” for 20th Anniversary of Charlotte Presbytery 2009
  • “A Presentation on The Bethar Confession” for Charlotte Presbytery 2010







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