Rev. Dr. Robert Newton
A 1977 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Rev. Dr. Newton served as missionary to the Kankanaey people in the Philippines from 1977-83. He returned to the States in July of 1983 in order to pursue graduate studies at the School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif. While there, he assisted the Pacific Southwest District in developing a cross-cultural leadership training program. He completed his doctorate in education in 1993 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.
Rev. Dr. Newton served as professor of world missions at Concordia Theological Seminary from 1985 until 1998. During the 1996-97 academic year, he was on sabbatical with his family serving the Gutnius Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea under the Board for Mission Services. In 1998 he accepted a call as senior pastor to First Immanuel Lutheran Church, an urban, multi-cultural congregation in San Jose, Calif. and continued in that ministry until being elected president of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District in 2003.
Rev. Dr. Newton and his wife, Priscilla, have four children and twelve grandchildren.