Pastor Scott Stine has been the pastor at First Baptist Newton since December 2017. He is from Indiana, and has had recent pastorates in Pittsburgh. He is married to Kate, and together they have two children, Isaiah and Dorothy Mae. They also have a Malty-Poo named Maggie. 

Scott holds degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and Reformed Presbyterian Seminary in Pittsburgh, and is currently working toward another through the seminary at Columbia International University.

He has two goals as a pastor: First, to help believers follow Jesus; and second, to help curious non-believers find Jesus, whom to know is eternal life (John 17:3).

Scott and Kate love living in Newton - north Jersey's hidden gem. Scott's favorite writer/theologians are AW Tozer, CS Lewis, Michael Reeves, and Graeme Goldsworthy. His favorite hymn/worship songwriters are Fanny Crosby, Charles Wesley, and the Gettys, and his favorite song is Rich Mullins' "If I Stand".  He also is a recovering sports fanatic (Purdue basketball, Colts football, Pacers basketball, and Cardinals baseball). Pray for him! 

You can follow him on Twitter or Facebook, listen to his music, or read his blog



Phil Mingle was raised in central New Jersey and attended college in New Hampshire where he met his wife Kim. He and his wife Kim have lived in Sussex County since 1989 and have been blessed with four wonderful children: Kyle, Ian, Heidi and Nicole. Phil was called to saving faith in Jesus Christ as a teenager while attending a youth Service Project supporting the housing needs of people in Appalachia. Since that time the Lord has provided solid Bible teaching and mentoring in his life, which he seeks to share and invest in the service of the church family and community. Phil holds the position of Director, Quality Control North America for a multi-national flavor and fragrance company. He enjoys outdoor activities, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing and cycling.


Kevin Carr was born in Newton, NJ and raised in Sparta. After graduating from William Paterson College (WPU) with a BA degree, he began his teaching career in Special Education in the Oxford, East Hanover and Andover school districts. Jesus became Kevin's Savior in the mid-seventies. He married Holly Blecharz in 1977. God has blessed them with four children and six grandchildren. Kevin and Holly became members of FBC in 1977. Kevin has served in a number of ministries over the years at FBC as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, choir member, Praise & Worship Team member, Director of the Outreach Sports Program and he leads an evening Bible study with seniors. After his retirement in 2015, he began substituting and now coaches boys' basketball at Northwest Christian School. Kevin owns his own house painting and landscaping businesses. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports and playing with his grandchildren.



Roger Cassell was born in Jersey City and raised in Bergen County.  He and his wife Pamela  have been blessed with two children, Jason and Heather.  He enlisted in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam era, and was stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Okinawa.  Roger earned an Associate degree in Retail Business Management from Bergen County Community College and a B.A. degree in English Literature from Arizona State University.  He came to faith in Jesus 25 years ago.  He became a member of First Baptist Church in 2002.  Roger has served in a number of ministries over the years at FBC as Deacon, small group Bible study leader, the food pantry and active in the ministry of hospital visitation.  He enjoys studying the Bible, watching some of his favorite sports teams and doing work around the house. 


Dave DeGennaro was born in Jersey City and raised in Sussex County. He currently works as a Lead Electrical Technician for a commuter railroad in New Jersey. He is married to his wonderful wife Sarah, and they have two young sons, Nathan and Micah. Dave came to know the Lord  his senior year in high school and has been seeking to serve Him ever since. Dave attended the County College of Morris and then transferred to Rutgers University where he received his bachelor's degree in music with a minor in history. From a young age, Dave has been a percussionist and has been involved with numerous musical groups ranging from classical to jazz and everything in between. His wife Sarah is a violinist and together they have been serving the Lord in various music ministries. Dave and Sarah are currently involved in the music ministry at First Baptist as well as being members of Sonrise Mountain Revival Bluegrass Band, a music ministry focused on presenting the gospel through Bluegrass music. They also recently served as part of PowerSurge Worship Ministries on a mission trip to Madrid, Spain where they served the local evangelical churches through contemporary worship music. In his free time Dave loves to work around his home, run, and mountain bike.


Paul Manzo was raised in southern Maine, attended Christian college and seminary before obtaining a B.A. degree in the Humanities.  He went into the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era, and was stationed in England where he met his wife.  The Lord has blessed him and his wife, June, with two boys, David and Tim, who now have their own families.  Paul was saved at the age of twelve, having been raised in a Roman Catholic home.  Paul and June have been members of First Baptist Church since 2008.  He enjoys studying the Bible, reading theology and topics on the Bible, and has always enjoyed playing and watching most sports.  He and June enjoy traveling, and visiting their sons, daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.


George Wolfe grew up in Morris County, NJ and attended college in North Carolina. After graduating from college, he moved to Houston, TX where he met and married his wife Diana. In 1985 he became a Christian through the radio ministries in the Houston area. He and Diana shortly thereafter became members of a Bible church. In 1994 George moved his family to Sussex County, New Jersey to become part owner of a chemical process equipment company with two of his brothers. George and Diana have been members of First Baptist Church of Newton since 2008. The Lord has blessed them with three wonderful daughters. George enjoys biking, sailing and general boating during the warmer parts of the year.