David Newman

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David Newman studied English at Oxford and trained for ministry at St John’s College, Nottingham. After curacies in Orpington and Wolverhampton, he was vicar of two suburban parishes outside Derby and later of a large town-centre church in Loughborough. Working with others was a key part of the ministry there. David headed up a well-resourced staff team, ordained and lay, pioneered a new mission-shaped ecumenism involving traditional denominations and new churches, and as area dean shaped collaborative structures across the deanery. The strapline of the church, “Offering God’s welcome, Being changed by His love”, reflected the inclusive missionary discipleship that is central to David’s ministry. Subsequently, David was Archdeacon of Loughborough for seven years. In the years before his retirement, David was warden of Launde Abbey, the retreat house for the dioceses of Leicester and Peterborough, where he led retreats and conferences, offered spiritual direction and sought to be a prophetic voice in an often anxious church.

David and his wife Helen, also a priest, live in Rutland. He enjoys sport, particularly golf and cricket, as well as walking in the Lake District and going to the theatre and the cinema.

Unity in diversity: famous last words?

GUEST BLOG: As part of our March focus on unity in diversity David Newman, author of Growing Up into the Children of God, asks how we balance unity with diversity within the Church. We have a phrase “famous last words”. Sometimes it denotes memorable final words that peopl…

Added about 2 years ago.

Taking Back Control?

GUEST BLOG: #BookOfTheMonth author David Newman takes stock of what we have learned from a year of pandemic, and explores aspects of life in lockdown that he hopes will continue into the future. As spring has begun to show its colours of late, it has been impossible not to journey back a year a…

Added about 3 years ago.

Grown-up Brexit, Grown-up Faith

GUEST BLOG: David Newman, author of Growing Up into the Children of God, draws parallels between the current political crisis and the challenges facing the Church today. No-one seems to have anticipated quite how much division in our country the Brexit process would unleash with all the subs…

Added about 5 years ago.

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