Reverend Doctor Brian Q. Newcomb
Brian came to serve as Senior Pastor at David’s UCC in the Fall of 2008, and has been an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ over 35 years. Before moving to Ohio, he served three UCC congregations in the St. Louis area.
Pastor Brian grew up in Western New York, graduating from Houghton College in 1977. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at Bethel Seminary in 1983. In 2005, Brian completed work on his Doctor of Ministry degree at Eden Theological Seminary, writing about the introduction of contemporary worship in a mainline protestant congregation. Brian found a spiritual home in the United Church of Christ during seminary. Here, he found an expression of progressive faith that sought to embody the inclusivity of the Gospel, while striving to live out the social justice implications in its mission work
Brian loves to read theology, and enjoys the study time and preparation required for preaching and teaching. His love of Bible study and fascination with progressive theologians influences the many classes he brings to David’s Church, be it a DVD study like “Living the Questions,” a book study of a recent work by Barbara Brown Taylor, Anne Lamott, John Shelby Spong, Brian McLaren, or a Bible study curriculum produced by Kerygma press. His goal in the pulpit is to bring the Good News of God’s loving care for all people, laid bare in the life and work of Jesus, into contact with the real lives and concerns of the community.
In addition to ministry in the UCC, Brian is a fan of rock music, and has written free lance as a music critic and journalist off and on since the early 80’s. Back in the day, he contributed to Contemporary Christian Music magazine, and for 8 years edited a Christian alternative rock music publication, the Harvest Rock Syndicate. Brian was a regular reviewer and rock critic in both the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Riverfront Times in St. Louis from 1986 – 2005, and has contributed to national publications like Billboard, Paste and others. He currently writes CD reviews for the indie rock website, thefirenote.com.
Brian has been married to Susan since 1987. They have a son John, and Sus’ mother Marian Jones lives with them in Centerville. Brian has two grown children, his son Jacob and daughter Carly; and Brian & Susan are grandparents to Jacob’s boys, Clayton and Bennie.
You can reach Brian via email at email@example.com