I. DeQuincey Newman United Methodist ChurchWelcomes New Pastor, Rev. Charles L. White, Jr.
In October of 2019, Bishop Jonathan Holston of the South Annual Conference of United Methodist Church, appointed the Reverend Charles L. White, Jr. as the Senior Pastor of the historic I. DeQuincey Newman United Methodist Church. I. DeQuincey Newman Church established in 1984 by the late statesman and NAACP pioneer in South Carolina stands today as a beacon of hope in the Meadowlake and North Columbia community. White’s appointment follows the Reverend Jack Washington who died unexpectedly earlier this month.
For now, over 35 years I. DeQuincey Newman UMC has been a powerful source of witness to the north Columbia community. The church is grieving the loss of its Pastor, the Rev. Jack C. Washington and Pastor Emeritus, the Reverend Joseph Frazier, who both passed away in the last three months. Out of this grief has come a renewed commitment for spiritual growth and vitality. Seeds planted by their late Pastor Jack Washington are now being nurtured and cultivated by their newly appointed Senior Pastor, the Reverend Charles L. White, Jr.
Newman’s history has been rooted in social justice and community empowerment. In concert with Newman’s mission, White’s personal goal is to live out CHURCH beyond the walls with the CHURCH being the center of the community, a place where people are understood, embraced and valued for who they are and where they are as we journey to make disciples. “I believe in the urgency of now. It is through energized preaching and exciting illustrative teaching that creates a climate of change. My love for the people of God and winning souls for Christ is absorbed through my means of “out-of-the-box” creative and anointed ministry.”
White is known as a prophetic preacher, strategic thinker, coalition builder, visionary and social activist, White brings a bold and honest perspective to real world issues. This visionary and charismatic leader has dedicated his life to the cause of civil and human rights. “God has given me a vision and passion for helping people meet Jesus”, White says. He has preached, lectured and served as keynote speaker at churches, conferences, colleges and universities across the country. He has served in various ministry contexts including: annual conferences, campus ministry, urban renewal, rural, cross-racial and multi-ethnic in churches in the South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
As a principal in the White Group, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to social justice and political activism, White presently serves as an Executive Consultant with the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. Prior to coming to I.D. Quincey Newman, White served as the Senior Pastor of the historic Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. A native of the Sea Islands near Charleston, SC he is a lifelong member of the Wesley UMC in Hollywood, SC. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Education from Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.
For over 30 years, Rev. White worked tirelessly as an advocate for social justice in with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1987, he was elected President of the S.C. Youth and College Division. At the invitation of Reverend Dr. Benjamin Hooks, Rev. White joined the national staff of the NAACP in 1991 as Youth Director of the Southeast Region. In 1999, Kweise Mfume invited White to serve as Director for the Southeast Region. During his 14 years with the NAACP Rev. White rose the ranks to one of the NAACP’s top leadership position. In 2005, then President Bruce Gordon appointed White as the National Field Director and Director of Field Operations and Field Organizing. In 2014, at the invitation of the Reverend Al Sharpton, White joined the staff of the National Action Network (NAN) as National Field Director.
White has been most recognized for his ability to influence and motivate young African American males and is the Founder and CEO of Brothers United for Change, a ministry dedicated to “Saving Black Boys: One at a Time” particularly situated in rural and isolated communities.
The Rockwood Leadership Institute selected White as one of 24 progressive executive management leaders for the 2013-14 Leaders from the Inside Out Fellowship Program. He is a graduate of the Midwest Academy, a leading national training institute for the progressive movement for social justice
White says, “In 2020, I. DeQuincey Newman is prone for growth. The church has committed itself to an ongoing process to listen and discern God’s will for them during this season. Early on in this process we have engaged the entire congregation by conducting a series of focus group meetings formed around age, charter members and people who have recently joined the church. This process gave us a live look about issues and opportunities concerning the revitalization of the church. Participants were very candid about the issues we face and their input has been invaluable as we take a look inside.
Out of this process we adopted a new mission and vision statement which gave birth to our discipleship model. At I. DeQuincey Newman, “we are on a mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through Nurture, Outreach and Witness – Simply stated we are a church in the NOW”. Our vision is to be “Vibrant, Inclusive, and Compassionate Community”.
God is calling us in the season to embrace “CHANGE!” We are on a journey from “Good to Great” and striving to do ministry in Excellence.
“The biggest thing I’ve seen is that people are looking for something that’s authentic, real and applicable to daily life.” At the heart of the matter is “relationships”. Not only is participation in worship up, but so are energy, giving and outreach efforts. White said, “It is about changing the lives of the people around us, connecting the church with schools, local elected officials, and the community. We are excited about the future here at I. DeQuincey Newman. Come join us on our journey as we seek to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We are looking forward with great anticipation to 2020. On the first Sunday of 2020, Pastor White preached “Flight 2020 Ready For Take-Off”. He challenged the congregation and encouraged us to get ready for our flight into the unknown. “Fasten your seatbelt because God is about to do something great in this place. We believe that the ‘latter shall be greater than the first’.”
I. DeQuincey Newman
United Methodist Church
Reverend Charles L. White, Jr. | Senior Pastor
Executive Consultant |South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP
7801 Wilson Boulevard | Columbia, SC 29203
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