Bishop Everett Cleon Newsome
The Bishop Memorial Wall
Bishop Everett C. Newsome, I
The Late Bishop Emeritus and Founder of the
St. Albans Gospel Assembly, Inc.
Bishop Everett C. Newsome I, although born in Brooklyn, N.Y., received his primary education in Barbados, W.I and returned to the United States at the age of 22. Shortly after returning, he responded to an altar call and accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. He found his passion as a perpetual student of the Word of God.
Bishop received his foundational ministerial training from the Manhattan Bible Institute. Part of his experience included serving as an ordained minister in Mt. Zion Tabernacle during the 1960’s. He attended New York Theological Seminary and United Christian College.
Among his acquisitions were Master degrees in Religious Education and Theology and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology.
Through prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit the St. Albans Gospel Assembly, Inc. (SAGA) was established in 1967. It still remains vibrant and growing today and an icon in the community. Having served and remaining as senior pastor of SAGA for a span of ministry, he transitioned to Pastor Emeritus in 1996. In 2007, Bishop Everett C. Newsome I, was inducted into the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops. During his years of service and until his final days in 2016, he instructed, nurtured and prepared a vast number of leaders and pastors.
Throughout his life, Bishop fondly called and referred to as “Dad” constantly exemplified a spirit of kindness and warm hospitality. This embraced strangers, family and friends. He and his wife of fifty-five plus years, the late Rev. Dr. Olga G. Newsome made these traits underlying components of their relationship, home and the church.
In addition to his dedication to the will of God, he stood as an admirable patriarch to his children and grandchildren. Duly noted although he pastored, he worked approximately 29 years for the MTA (New York City Transit Authority) with the blessings of the LORD he provided for his family and supported the ministry.