Rev. Shareka Newton
Born and raised in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, Reverend Newton was reared by her mother Priscilla Barnes-Davis. Mrs. Davis instilled a sense of faith and community into Shareka from an early age and encouraged her to be inquisitive and to formulate her own ideas. One of the ideas that Rev. Newton formed on her own was that both God and attending church were important to her. This idea was further developed and eventually grew and flourished through her years growing up at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Rev. Newton attended A. Philip Randolph Campus H.S. in Harlem, NY. After graduating from Campus she continued her education at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received her B.A. in English graduating with the class of 2003. Rev. Newton accepted her call to ministry in the spring of her senior year at Spelman and was licensed to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the fall of 2004. In May of 2008, she received her Master of Divinity Degree from Drew University Theological School. While attending Drew Rev. Newton did her field education experience at St. James A.M.E Church in Newark, NJ under the guidance of Pastor William D. Watley and Dr. Raquel St. Clair Lettsome. She was ordained on December 13th of 2008 and currently serves as the first female and youngest Executive Pastor in Emmanuel Baptist Church’s 137-year history, where Rev. Anthony L. Trufant is the Senior Pastor. Rev. Newton is committed to growing and challenging herself continually and one of her latest challenges is that she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree at Emory University.
Emmanuel’s Saturday night service the “Connection Remix” also falls under the leadership of Rev. Newton and has grown and flourished under her enthusiastic and creative mind for ministry. In 2012, the New York Alumnae Association of Spelman College honored Rev. Newton as a “Rising Star” in acknowledgment of her impact on her community. In 2016, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke selected her as a “Shining Star” in the community. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Additionally, she is also the mother of two young adult sons that God blessed her with through adoption Brandell Lorenzo and Daiquille “Q”, as well as proud Mimi to her grandson Chase Lorenzo. Rev. Newton believes that with God all things are possible and finds joy everyday in knowing that God does indeed have a plan for her life.