Meet Golden Cross Board Member Newtonia Coleman

By Guest Contributor

The Golden Cross Foundation is blessed to have a committed, caring, and experienced board. Meet board member Newtonia Coleman.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Most of my family members still reside in Kentucky. I came to Nashville to attend Fisk University more than 50 years ago. Since graduating from Fisk, I have mostly lived in Nashville. I worked for The United Methodist Church or United Methodist-related institutions for most of my career, retiring from United Methodist Communications as the executive director of Human Resources in 2012. I am an active member of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church where I currently serve as the president of the United Methodist Women. I am a proud mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.

Q: How many years have you served as a Golden Cross Foundation board member?

A: I have served since the board was organized in 2013.

Q: Why are you involved in ministry with older people via serving on the Golden Cross Foundation board?

A: I am an older adult and the majority of the members of my church — like many United Methodist churches — are 50 years old or older. The issues that GCF addresses are issues I face in my own life and that members of my church face on a daily basis. I think I bring to the board the unique perspective of what it means to not only be an older adult, but what it means to be an older adult who is also a person of color.

Q: How has God blessed you while serving on the board?

A: I have watched with pride as GCF has developed and sharpened its focus during the years I've served. GCF has helped local churches provide vital ministry to seniors across the Tennessee Conference and will soon do so as part of the new Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. It is heartwarming to know that GCF has enriched the lives of seniors by collaborating with colleges, local churches, and other groups that are addressing needs that range from improving health services to helping underwrite the cost of programs that address seniors' emotional and nutritional needs.

Q: What hopes or dreams do you have for the Golden Cross Foundation over the next year? In the next few years?

A: I hope the foundation will continue to serve the senior population by being a beacon of hope for seniors across the annual conference.

Q: What’s one little known fact about you?

A: My first name is unusual, and I'm often asked about it. Frequently, African American girls are named for their fathers. I often tell people who ask, that in a moment of weakness before I was born, my mother promised my dad that she would name me after him. His name was John Newton and I became Newtonia.

Newtonia Coleman is program coordinator, Dress for Success Nashville.