Jeffrey Robert Newhall Pastor Led Council
of Churches Monday, May 7, 2007
Jeffrey R. Newhall, 60, a native Washingtonian who became executive director of the
International Council of Community Churches, a Protestant denomination, died May 4 at
his home in Worcester, Mass. He had brain cancer.
The ICCC was formed in 1950 as a union of black and white community churches. The
merger put racial conciliation at the forefront of its agenda. He led the Frankfort, Ill.-based
church from 1991 to 1998.
Jeffrey Robert Newhall was a 1964 graduate of Western High School and a 1969
political science graduate of George Washington University. At Hartford Seminary
Foundation in Connecticut, he received a master's degree in religion and a master's of
divinity degree. From Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass., he
received a doctorate with a specialty in pastoral counseling. He was ordained in 1972 at
Washington's Palisades Community Church and returned there as pastor from the late
1970s to early 1980s.
Over the years, he also served churches in New England and was chaplain at the Gow
School, a private school in South Wales, N.Y., for dyslexic children. From 1998 to 2006,
he was pastor of Greendale People's Church in Worcester. He was a board member of
the National Council of Churches.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the Rev. Sally Studenmund Newhall, a Presbyterian
minister, of Worcester; and two children, Sarah Amorin of Ayer, Mass., and Jeremiah
Newhall of Worcester.