We thrive on your leadership

Newman United Methodist Church is primarily a volunteer led church. Much of the work of the church is directed by our church council, a group of volunteer leaders, and our pastors. In addition to our volunteers we have a wonderful team of staff who are committed to making Newman a place where love works. 

  • Senior Pastor

    Rev. Ryan Scott (he/him) been our pastor since July 1, 2019. Previously he has served churches in Toledo OR, Eugene OR, Springfield OR, and Seattle WA. Pastor Ryan is a Licensed Pastor in the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church. He received his education at the Claremont School of Theology in Southern CA. Prior to being a pastor Ryan worked in after school program management and youth recreation programming. Pastor Ryan loves exploring new ideas and imaginative ways of being church in the 21st century. He is passionate about social justice and the use of creativity to bring about positive social change in a community.


    In his free time he enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking, camping and exploring. Pastor Ryan lives with his husband, Andre Scott, who owns a design firm, Orbital Creative, specializing in web/graphic design and marketing. 


  • Pastor of Adult Education

    Rev. Steven Berry (he/him) has been a part of the Newman community for a number of years. He became our Pastor of Adult Education in February of 2022. Pastor Steven is licensed clergy in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. He received his education the Claremont School of Theology in Southern CA and at the University of the South (Sewanee) School of Theology. Previously Pastor Steven has also worked as a ministry consultant in the Episcopal Church. Pastor Steven also serves as the pastor to Gold Hill UMC and Talent UMC in addition to his duties at Newman. 

  • Office Manager

    Charlene Burgess (she/her) has been our office manager for a number of years and has a lot of experience. If you have a question, she can answer it! Char handles scheduling, office tasks, supply ordering, communications, rental requests, some financial duties, and so much more. Char is an invaluable member of the Newman UMC staff. 


    Char enjoys going for long drives in the countryside and spending time with her daughter and grandsons. 

  • Music Directors

    Tim Wallace (he/him) and Michelle LeComte (she/her) have a passion for music and creating meaningful experiences in worship for people from all sorts of backgrounds. Being married for a number of years, they naturally work well together as a team and bring a lot of musical talent to Newman. They are both life-long professional musicians and have many skills to offer. Tim plays piano, anything with a reed, and sings too! Michelle has a beautiful voice, plays guitar, and has been known to do some songwriting as well. 


    Tim and Michelle enjoy  traveling to the Oregon Coast and spending time with their energetic golden retriever, Max. 

  • Sunday Host

    Charlotte Ashley (she/her) works on Sunday's to ensure the church is open and ready for you. She unlocks the doors, gets the coffee started, and works to make sure that Newman is a place of welcome and hospitality to all who walk through our doors. Charlotte will also help you handle any church office business you may have on Sundays. 

  • Janitor

    Scott Harper (he/him) has many years of janitorial experience and is committed to keeping our facilities clean and welcoming. He is a Grants Pass native  who enjoys spending time in the outdoors. 

  • Organist

    Lauren James joined the music team at Newman in 2022. She has been playing the organ since she was 11 years old! Lauren brings with her a ton of talent, and a vibrant attitude,. Lauren is the daughter of a Lutheran minister, so she is no stranger to the particularities of church settings.  Lauren also plays piano and performs at various venues around the region. 

  • Percussionist

    Sandy Metcalf is our talented and enthusiastic percussionist. She has been playing drums and other percussive instruments her whole life. Sandy helps bring energy and rhythm to our worship on 2nd and 4th Sunday's with our Spirit and Soul Worship Ensemble.  Sandy has a teenage son and often brings her mom with her to church. 

  • Regional Leadership

    Rev. John Tucker, Crater Lake District Superintendent (SW Oregon) 

    Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky, Bishop to the NW Episcopal Area (OR, WA, ID, AK)