The Reverend Jonathan V. Newton is an Assistant Minister at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. He joined the church’s ministerial staff at the conclusion of the 61st Session of the Washington Annual Conference in April 2011.
Jonathan V. Newton was raised in the South Bronx, New York and attended New York City Public Schools until he entered ninth grade. At that time, Jonathan earned a scholarship to the Fieldston Ethical Culture School. After high school graduation he began college at Georgetown University and pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Unfortunately, his attention then shifted to fraternity parties, step shows, and Big East basketball games. This led to a much needed, though not entirely optional, academic sabbatical. But God had a bigger plan. Two years later, after enlisting in the Army Reserve and working full-time, Jonathan transferred to the University of Maryland College Park, where he graduated cum laude. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Divinity from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
Two years later, after having enlisted in the Army Reserve and working full-time, Jonathan enrolled at the University of Maryland College Park. He concentrated on studies and graduated cum laude. Jonathan subsequently earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Divinity Degree from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
Since completing law school, Newton’s career has focused on public interest work. He was accepted into the U.S. Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Drug Enforcement Administration as a law clerk. After completing the clerkship, Jonathan returned to New York City to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County.
Jonathan, for the past fifteen years, has been employed in various positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has served as counsel to the Environmental Appeals Board and Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff. Jonathan was a Congressional Fellow in the office of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (D-Michigan)
Despite those accomplishments, the most important thing to Rev. Newton is his salvation. He rededicated his life to Christ at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in 1997, where he served faithfully with several ministries including the Usher Board, the Lay Organization, the Ebenezer Bible Institute, the Men’s Season Planning Committee, the Men’s Praise Team, the King’s Men Choir, the Rejoice (Young Adult) Choir, and the Adult Choir. After accepting the call to ministry, Rev. Newton was appointed Minister to Young Adults in 2005, serving under the anointed leadership of Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr., and Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning. He was ordained Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2007, and Itinerant Elder in 2009.
Rev. Newton was appointed Ebenezer’s Minister to Young Adults, serving under the anointed leadership of Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr., and Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning. He was ordained Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2007, and Itinerant Elder in 2009.
He is the proud father of Theodore C. Newton, a student at Frostburg State University.
A favorite scripture of Rev. Newton is 1 Peter 4:8-10, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
- We Welcome Rev. Jonathan V. Newton
- Feb. 27th – Wilberforce University Choir Concert
- 61st Session of the Washington Annual Conference April 25-30
- Sermon: Microphone Check
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