Our Pastor

1 John 3:18

"Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth."

Meet Rev. Dr. Mary C. Newton

The Reverend Dr. Mary C. Newton is a native of Wilson, North Carolina.  She holds an earned Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (summa cum laude) from North Carolina Central University with a double minor in Business Administration and Education.  She went on to receive training in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA where she enrolled in a non-degree program to fulfill the NOAA/National Weather Service requirements to become a meteorologist.  She did post graduate study in meteorology at North Carolina State University while serving as a meteorologist for NOAA.  Reverend Dr. Newton also earned a Master of Divinity Degree in 1999 and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in 2004, both with honors, from the Howard University School of Divinity.

Reverend Dr. Newton was appointed to serve as Pastor of Lee Memorial A.M.E. Church in Kensington, MD in April, 2008.  She accepted God’s call to the ordained ministry while attending Ebenezer AME Church in Ft. Washington, MD under the leadership of Reverend Granger and Jo Ann Browning.  While at Ebenezer, she served faithfully in the ministry of helps and the tutorial ministry.  Following God’s leading, she moved her membership to St. Mark AME Church, in Oxon Hill, MD where she was trained and went through the process of ordination to Itinerant Deacon and Itinerant Elder while under the leadership of her father in ministry, the late Reverend Henry D. Harper.  While at St. Mark, Reverend Newton served as an Associate Minister and from 2005 to 2008, she served as Assistant Pastor.  At St. Mark, she organized a ministry of helps, a tutorial ministry, a prayer life ministry, a clothes pantry, a nursing home ministry and a prison ministry where volunteers taught bible study monthly at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections.  She also organized St. Mark’s participation in Prince George’s County’s Warm Nights program, which is a 12-hour overnight daily shelter (in churches) for homeless individuals and families during winter months.  Reverend Newton has visited several countries in Southern Africa on several occasions and has traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador on missions’ projects. 

Pastor Newton currently serves on the Board of Examiners in the Washington Annual Conference where she teaches an Introduction to Ministry course to ministerial candidates seeking ordination in the AME Church.  She is a member of the Montgomery County Ministerium, a coalition of ecumenical churches in Kensington, MD.  She also served as an officer in the Washington Conference Women in Ministry Caucus and as registrar/treasurer for the Christian Education Youth Congress and Christian Education Conference for the Capital District.

Pastor Newton is blessed to serve as the first female Pastor of Lee Memorial, with its illustrious history, founded in 1904.  Her daily Christian walk is reflected in 1 John 3:18:  “Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.”