Lakeside Christian Church, Cambridge, will celebrate the ministry of Stephen E. Newton, founding pastor, with an open house on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m.
There will be a program at 3 p.m. The public is invited. The church is located at 32393 Rendova Cir. N.E., Cambridge.
Newton, who was named senior pastor when the church was founded as The Church at Chadashchay in 1985, is moving to part-time. He will continue in some ministries, including the preaching team, and on the Board of Elders. Former Associate Pastor Ryan Muehlhauser stepped into the role of head pastor Jan. 1.
Chadashchay, Inc. began as a para-church ministry in 1974, and with Newton’s leadership, served the community through retreat programming, the development of Chadashchay (now “Cambridge”) Christian School, and numerous other ministries. Pastor Newton is appreciated for coming alongside to help people launch their ministries.
A small sampling of ministries he has helped develop include the Pregnancy Resource Center, STEM Ministries, River City Recovery Ministries, Light of the World Church for Russian and Ukrainian immigrants, Kings Kids Minnesota, Kids Against Hunger (Cambridge satellite), Cambridge Christian Counseling Center, Selah House recovery ministry for women, and the Native American Ministerial Association. He also helped many individuals begin missionary service at home and abroad. He has been on missions’ teams and encouraged missionaries in Haiti, Australia, the Philippines, France and in Mississippi.
When asked about some of his favorite memories, Newton mentioned:
“It was an amazing blessing when, in 1979, the Baptist General Conference and the Catholic Archdiocese, who owned 80-acres on Lake Fannie, jointly financed the small Chadashchay, Inc., to purchase the beautiful property. We sold just over half the acreage for homes. On what remained, God orchestrated the development of a nature center, a prayer chapel and individual prayer cabins in addition to remodeling existing buildings for use by Lakeside Church and many other ministries.
“I loved the first day of school each year that Cambridge Christian School used our facility and the buildings were full of teachers and kids eager to learn.
“I had 20 years of ministry with my dad (Pastor J. Marshall Newton) here to mentor me. And Ryan Muehlhauser and I have had 22 years as a pastoral team.
“As any pastor would report, some of the most special moments are the baby dedications, where you welcome a new one into the church family; weddings, where you are helping to start a new family; funerals, where you are truly laying someone to rest knowing that you will be seeing them again in heaven.”
Newton also treasures his roles as husband, father, grandfather and uncle.
Newton said none of this would have been possible but for God, his wife Laura, and the vision and commitment of the Body of Christ.