Second Baptist Church Pastor and Staff

The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart comes to us just after having completed his interim service at West Hartford’s First Church of Christ Congregational. Prior to that, he served as Interim/Transitional Pastor in Madison, Wisconsin; Shawnee Mission, KS, and St. Joseph, MO.  In other ministerial roles, Dr. Newheart has served as a Youth Minister as well as several stints as an Associate Pastor.  After earning both his Mdiv and PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, the latter in New Testament Language and Literature, Dr. Newheart joined the faculty at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. 

An Assistant Professor of New Testament Language and Literature in 1991, he rose to the rank of full Professor in 2005 and since 2017 he has been designated as Professor Emeritus. Three books and numerous articles have been published as a result of his research. His books include, My Name is Legion: The Story and Soul of the Gerasene Demoniac and Word and Soul: A Psychological, Literary, and Cultural Reading of the Fourth Gospel. Dr. Newheart has also contributed a well‐regarded chapter in a book about Glen Stassen titled, Ethics as if Jesus Mattered.

Alison Hardy-Dusto

Congregation Liaison Manager


Evelyne Battle

Director of Music Ministry and

Building Use Manager


Jean Aldrich Jones

Organist & Hand Bell Choir Director


Jennifer Sikes



Sue Begin Schneller

Youth Leader and Christian Education Coordinator


The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart


Interim Pastor 

100 North Main Street Suffield, CT 06078