The Newtown United Methodist Church has a new pastor. Following the reassignment of Pastor Blaik Westhoff in February, Pastor Rodney Brailsford and his family were warmly welcomed by the Newtown United Methodist Church on July 3rd, 2022.
After his inaugural sermon, the congregation held a reception for the pastor, his wife, and his mother at the church.
“I am happy to be here with you,” said the new pastor. “I am eager to start our journey together.”
Rev. Rodney Brailsford has served the Eastern Pennsylvania UMC since 2016. Before serving as a pastor, he worked as a missionary in Thailand, Malaysia, and Peru. His first pastoral posting was to Haws Avenue Methodist Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Before his appointment to the Newtown United Methodist Church, he served the community at Berwyn United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and Serves the Methodist Church Eastern Pennsylvania Conferences as a member of the Economic Justice Council.
Pastor Brailsford earned his Master of Theological Studies from Palmer Seminary and his Master of Sacred Theology from Lutheran Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Lauren, were married in November 2021.
“We have been blessed with the leadership of our pastors in the past, and we are looking forward to the next chapter in our church,” said Allen Fidler, Chairman of the Staff Parish Committee.
The Newtown United Methodist is located at 35 Liberty Street, Newtown, PA 18940.