Meet our new Associate Pastor!
Nicole Newton comes to us from Kannapolis, NC with her husband Jonathan and her two daughters Alecia (14) and Lena Scout (4). She hails from a large family in Florida, but she grew up on a horse farm in rural North Carolina.
Nicole has always had a passion for youth. After she graduated from the University of NC Charlotte with a BA in English, she taught English and Theatre for 5 years in public and private schools. Nicole encountered God not only in her work with under privileged school children but also in multiple instances of caring for family members and friends during illness and death. Those experiences led her to be called into the ministry.
In 2014, Nicole enrolled in Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity and received her Master of Divinity in 2017. Currently, she is enrolled in Union Presbyterian Seminary pursuing a Master of Art in Christian Education which she will complete this spring. As if raising two children and getting her Masters in Divinity weren’t enough, during this time Nicole served as Elementary Ministry Coordinator for Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. In a church of nearly 5000 members, she was responsible for writing the Children’s Sunday school curriculum and planning educational and mission oriented events including the annual VBS for 250 children. She also planned and co-led two intergenerational mission trips to Hungary to work with refugee children and their families. She also served as the Eleanor Belk Ministry Intern at Myers Park Presbyterian Church where she led worship, taught regularly and was
involved with the youth programs.
In 2018, while completing her Masters of Art in Christian Education, she decided to change gears and challenge herself in other ways. In the summer of that year, she took on the role of Stated Supply Pastor for a small rural Presbyterian church where she was able to gain insight into congregational ministry and hone her preaching skills. In the fall, she became a chaplain at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital focusing on the neonatal intensive care unit, the pediatric emergency department and the general children’s unit at Brenner Children’s Hospital. This experience brought her back full circle to what called her into the ministry in the first place.
Throughout the last few years, Nicole has served the greater church through her research and work providing educational workshops on Faith and Human Sexuality to children and their families across the nation. She has led workshops for the Association for Presbyterian Christian Educators’ National Conference. She was inducted into the Academy of Preachers and preached at the National Festival of Young Preachers in 2017.
Nicole and Jonathan are devoted to raising their two wild and wonderful girls and excited for the opportunities that Wilmington brings for their family. They share a love for literature, music, animals and gardening that brings a lot of noisy joy and color wherever they are. As a family, they are excited to start a new chapter of their lives with us at First Presbyterian Church.