November 8, 2019

ANKENY, Iowa—After over 30 years of faithful service at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, Dr. Jeff Newman has announced his resignation, effective June 30, 2020. He and his wife, Sherry, will be joining Baptist Mid-Missions (BMM). Dr. Newman will be Administrator for Missionary Soul Care, a new position at BMM. He will continue his role at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary as an adjunct faculty member, teaching modules and online courses.

Dr. Newman joined the faculty at Faith in 1994. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Faith in 1987 and completed his Master of Arts and Master of Divinity from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary. He also has a Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Throughout his career at Faith, Dr. Newman has served in many roles on campus, including Admissions Coordinator, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vice President of Academic Services, and College Dean. He is currently a senior professor in the college, Chair of the Local Church Ministries Discipleship Program, an adjunct faculty professor in the seminary, and Director of Educational Technology.

The Newmans will begin their new ministry with Baptist Mid-Missions in July.  Their primary role, as stated by Baptist Mid-Missions, will be to provide a “safe haven for soul care for missionaries, promoting spiritual strength and fruitfulness and enabling them to achieve optimal longevity and effectiveness over a lifetime of ministry with a long-term view of reducing attrition.”

Dr. Newman’s tenure at Faith has prepared him well for this role.

“By the time I enrolled in college here at Faith in January of 1983, I thought that God’s desire for me might be to become a pastor or a church-planting pastor,” said Newman. “In my seminary years, God used some of my faculty to challenge me with the possibility of teaching. Eventually, I was asked to develop and strengthen the teaching of biblical counseling here at Faith. As a result, God has privileged me to have a part in training pastors, missionaries, and others who serve God faithfully around the world. God has blessed me with countless opportunities to provide biblical counseling to people facing a variety of blessings and burdens in their lives.”

The Newmans covet prayers during this time of transition. They ask for prayer for his replacement at Faith, and for wisdom as they raise support for this new ministry.