Ed Newton, staff evangelist at First Baptist Church Central Florida and well-known teacher and speaker, will address the OBU community Wednesday, Oct. 7, during the 10 a.m. chapel in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Newton also serves as the Executive Director of the LIFT TOUR and as a teaching faculty member of Student Leadership University in Orlando, Florida. He is a frequent camp speaker, having taught numerous weeks during Falls Creek as well as other youth camps.
Newton will bring a message on Zephaniah, keeping with this year's chapel theme of "The Minor Prophets: Twelve Contemporary Messages from the Living Text of the Old Testament."
Growing up in a home with two deaf parents, Newton learned to hear the world differently than others. According to his bio on ednewton.tv, he was radically saved in high school, through difficult circumstances and major hardships. It was through the spoken word of others and the written Word of God that clarified a call to ministry as a senior in high school.
He played college basketball at Clearwater Christian College while earning a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries. He then earned a Master of Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching, also from Trinity.
"God has uniquely gifted Ed with an ability to connect with various age groups, personally and corporately. His communication style can be summarized as 'passion with content' while seeking to inspire people to be passionate, dedicated followers of Christ," says Newton's biography on his website.
He and his wife, Stephanie, and their four children, London, Lola, Liv, and Lawson, reside in Orlando, Florida.