Brian Newman

Brian grew up in a secular, cultural Jewish family on Long Island (outside New York City). His family celebrated the Jewish holidays, he was bar mitzvah, but he was a functional agnostic. At 20 years old as a college student Brian had a dramatic conversion to Christ, which launched him into a life of serving God overseas for 20 years and now in the United States. He has worked in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere for over 25 years.

In 2011, Brian founded The Isaac Ishmael Initiative to bring together the three monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In addition to his work with The Isaac Ishmael Initiative he currently serves as Pastor of Leadership Development at Living Word Community Church in York, Pennsylvania.

Brian has earned two Master of Arts degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary – one in multi-cultural studies and the other in theology. He is married to Susy and they have two grown children, a son-in-law, and a grand-daughter – all of whom are awesome!

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We Wish You Safety and Good Health

In this time of uncertainty, we wish our friends around the world safety and good health.

We are grateful for all of you who support The Isaac Ishmael Initiative in a variety of ways. May God be gracious to you in this Time of Corona.

Our work in Jordan, Iraq, Israel and the West Bank is paused out of caution for everyone involved. Please pray for refugees and other displaced people in the Middle East who are affected in dramatic ways by the virus.

For those who are registered for our Holy Land trip from October 23 – November 1, we will make a decision by July 1 if the trip will happen or not. If postponed, you will have the choice of a full refund or to hold a place for the 2021 tour.