Education and Ministry Background

J. David and Tricia Newquist - Founders Word for Word Ministries

My undergraduate study was accomplished at the University of Washington, Portland State University, Multnomah School of the Bible, and Portland Bible College where I studied oceanography, ethnomusicology, English literature, theology, and practical ministry respectively. Graduate work was accomplished at UCLA, Fresno State University, Fresno Pacific University, Summit Bible College, Fuller Seminary, and other universities with divergent studies including marriage and family therapy, educational psychology, theology,and international relations/counter terrorism. My master's degree is in educational psychology and my doctorate in practical ministry.

I am an ordained minister, Licensed Educational Psychologist, music composer, and Director of Ministry for Summit Bible College.  I have served as a teacher, prinicpal of a Christian home schooling program, youth pastor, Christian Education Director, church planter, and missionary. I helped build an orphanage in Haiti at age 15 and later circumnavigated the world preaching the gospel in many nations and bringing the written Word to the persecuted underground Church in communist countries. I worked with Brother Franz who was a friend of “God’s Smuggler” brother Andrew and also had the privilege of meeting with Richard Wurmbrand who suffered 14 years of torture for Christ in Romanian prisons. These experiences and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit have inspired my great passion to help Christians in every nation know God’s Word in context and in depth. This is more than important in these turbulent times; it is vital.

More important than my formal education is the blessing of my family heritage. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, I have lived in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, and California.  I was raised one of six children (5 sisters!) in a home that honored God and am in a multi-generational line of ministry heritage. My father ran Forrest Home Campground under Henrietta Mears. Billy Graham and Bill Bright were there at the time being greatly impacted and challenged to ministry. Subsequently, my father was in ministry as a pastor and leader of pastors for 62 years. He graduated to heaven, and passed his mantle of ministry to me, on my birthday January 15, 2007 at the age of 88 after telling me that Jesus had come into the room that morning and kissed him. I discovered only after beginning this ministry that my maternal great grandfather used to quote entire chapters of the Bible from memory. 

God’s plan from before the beginning of time

God’s plan and purpose established even before the foundation of the world, is to ultimately have an amazing and glorious Church that will fulfill the prayer of Jesus in John17and the purposes of God for the universe stated in Ephesians chapter 4. The final generation Church, and the forerunners of that Church are to "attain to the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" and thus become the mighty army, glorious bride, full grown body, and holy temple as we are "sanctified in the truth. Thy word is truth … that they may be one; as thou Father art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” John 17   Wow!

How will Christ accomplish this?

"Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word and present to himself a glorious church without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5:25-27

This is a “behind the scenes” ministry to the whole Body of Christ.

In addition to writing and producing and recording the music, I teach others how to put scripture to music for themselves (to multiply exponentially the worldwide effect) and to bring together others already recording scripture and willing to work toward the vision of the project even if they work independently of Word for Word Ministries. This is God’s work and vision; not mine.

It is also vital that work begin in the other major languages of the world to impact Arab, Chinese, and Hispanic cultures with the Word. English, along with the targeted languages of those people groups, covers a great majority of the population of the world.   Initially key books such as Luke, John, Acts, Romans, Ephesians, Corinthians, Pastoral Epistles, Revelation, Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, and Daniel need to be accomplished. Peoples of other nations will hear the Word set to the music and language of their own culture and can be washed and soaked and saturated in God’s Holy Word!

This is all possible now because of modern technology. It is amazing what can be downloaded now all over the world “out of thin air” because of satellite and other technologies.

This will change the world!  God says so!

“So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth. It shall not return to me void without producing any effect, but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:11

Now God's Word can truly "dwell richly" in the heart and mind of every believer.