David Newquist: Saturday, August 28


President, Word for Word Ministries, Inc.


David is the founder and creator / composer of The Bible Song - the first singable New Testament in history.


I am an ordained minister, worship leader, composer, math teacher, school psychologist, and Educational Psychologist (LIC #2508). Ministry experience has included Principal of Pilgrims School, a Christian home schooling network; Director of Ministry for Summit Bible College; worship leader, youth pastor and ordained missionary/evangelist for Westminster Presbyterian Church (Yakima, Washington) and Hope Presbyterian Church (Portland, Oregon); and Director of Adult Education at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Bakersfield, California. Missionary work included preaching, teaching, and helping build an orphanage in Haiti in my youth and preaching the gospel in many countries in Asia and Europe as an adult. I was also privileged to take books and Bibles to the underground Church in communist countries.


Representative musical accomplishments:

  • Composer/music supervisor (5 years) for the Producers Guild of America – Celebration of Diversity Awards (film & television).

  • Founder – New Quest Composers Consortium – a network of skilled film and television composers (vitae included) available to expedite this project. My educational training included ethnomusicology, oceanography, English literature, Biblical studies, educational psychology, and international relations/counter terrorism. The studies were accomplished at diverse universities including: Multnomah Bible College, Portland Bible College, Summit Bible College, Portland State University, the University of Washington, UCLA, Fresno State University, Fresno Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary.

I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, lived in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, and California. My father, David C. Newquist directed Forrest Home Campground for Henrietta Mears. Billy Graham and Bill Bright were in the college group he was leading. My father subsequently served as a pastor, and leader of pastors, for 62 years. There is a rich godly heritage on my mother’s side as well. I recently discovered that my maternal great grandfather would sit on the porch in North Carolina and quote entire chapters of the Bible from memory to his grandchildren.


I am blessed to have two amazing daughters. One daughter has worked as a missionary in Mexico, the Philippines, and Mozambique, Africa. My other daughter, a credentialed math teacher, is home-schooling my two amazing grandchildren. Both of my daughters and two of my five sisters also compose scripture to music.


Watch many videos of people in other nations singing and memorizing complete chapters of scripture and writing them by memory in notebooks on David's Facebook


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