Reverend Doctor Edward B. Newberry - Pastor
Edward B. Newberry was born in Dillon, South Carolina on October 5, 1946 to Rev. Earl Edward Newberry and Mrs. Inez Platt Newberry. In 1958 the Newberry’s moved to Charlotte in order for Reverend Earl Newberry to serve as pastor of the South Tryon Presbyterian Church. Edward graduated from West Charlotte High School, Charlotte, North Carolina in 1964.
Immediately after High School, Edward Newberry attended Knoxville College in Knoxville Tennessee. He graduated from there with a BA Degree in History in 1968. Having accepted his call to the Gospel Ministry he entered the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, in Pittsburgh, PA and received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1971.
Edward B. Newberry was ordained in 1971 by the Catawba Presbytery of The United Presbyterian Church. His first pastorate was held at the Chatham-Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois from 1971-1978. In 1978 he was called to his current position of Pastor at Memorial Presbyterian Church.
After several years of working as a pastor, Rev. Newberry took advantage of an opportunity to increase his knowledge and skills as a Minister by entering the Doctor of Ministry program at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in 1985.
On February 15, 1975, Reverend Newberry was married to Miss Dema A. Johnston. God blessed them with a son and a daughter who are now adults. They are Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. and Sabrina Y. Newberry; Mr. Masanori and Sharon N. Toguchi. Edward and Dema also have four grandchildren: Adrian, Esaias, Brielle and Mia.
Reverend Dr. Edward B. Newberry has served Task Force, Boards, Committee’s, Associations and Organizations. Some of the most notable ones are as follows:
General Assemble of the Presbyterian Church
Along with all of the committee’s and groups that Reverend Newberry has served on. He has also found the time to have a few articles published in various pamphlets and magazines. They are as follows:
Beverly G. Palmer – Church Secretary
Beverly is a native of Charlotte. She attended Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, graduating from Myers Park High School.
She attended Johnson C. Smith University where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Sociology. Then attended Charlotte Mecklenburg Urban League where she later taught and tutored a computer office systems training course. From there, Beverly took a course at Central Piedmont Community College where she was commissioned as a North Carolina Notary.
Her previous work experience includes work as a Human Resources Manager, Staffing Consult and Account Executive before coming to work for Memorial Presbyterian Church; where she has been secretary for the last nine years. To her credit, she has worked at Memorial longer than any previous secretary.
Beverly is married to Stefen Palmer and the proud mother of one son, Thomas, and one daughter, Ti’Shay.
Julia S. Gassaway – Coordinator for Children and Youth Programs
Julia Gassaway is a product of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools having graduated from J. H. Gunn High School June 1959. She received her Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Johnson C. Smith University. She did graduate work at UNC-Charlotte receiving two Master Degrees (Early Childhood Education and Elementary School Administration).
She taught in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System for thirty-six years. Her teaching experience includes having taught grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and one year in middle school.
Julia is a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church where she has been active with Presbyterian Women, served on the Deacon Board and as an Elder. She also taught Sunday school for many years and presently serves her church as Coordinator for Children and Youth Programs.
Jocelyn P. Thompson – Director of Music
Jocelyn is the Performing Arts Chairperson at Garinger High School in Charlotte. Previously, she was the Fine Arts Chairperson at West Charlotte High School, where her choirs have performed extensively up and down the east coast, including two appearances at Carnegie Hall, one at Riverside Church in New York City, and at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Jocelyn received the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Master of Education, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, specializing in piano, accompanying, and a secondary emphasis upon mallet percussion instruments. She came to Memorial Presbyterian Church in April of 1990 as Assistant Director of Music. In 1996 she became the Director of Music/Organist at Memorial.
In addition to her duties at Memorial, she has served as music leader for both the Men's and Women's Mid-Atlantic Conferences in Massanetta Springs, Virginia, hymn leader for the General Assembly held in Charlotte in (1998) and she and her sister were music leaders for the 2003 Church wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women held in Louisville, Kentucky in July of 2003.
An active clinician in the region and state, Jocelyn conducts and accompanies All-County Choruses and directs mass church choirs each year. She is an active member of NCMEA, MENC, NCACDA, ACDA Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Links, Incorporated. She is married to Minister Sherman B. Thompson and resides in Gastonia, North Carolina.
John E. Lumpkin - Custodian
John was born in Great Falls, South Carolina. He has worked at Memorial Presbyterian Church for about 12 years; he is dedicated and takes pride in his work. John is in the USAR, married and has 4 sons and 9 grandchildren.