For the past 29 years Las Newman has been actively involved in student mission through the ministry of IFES. He served for fifteen years (1979-1994) as General Secretary of the Jamaican IFES Student Movement and later as IFES Regional Secretary for the Caribbean (1995-2005), overseeing the work in the English, French and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Since 2005 he has been the Associate General Secretary of IFES.
His passion for ministry has seen him serve in many other capacities in the Caribbean, including Chair of Open Air Campaigners (JA) Ltd, Organising Secretary for the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast in Jamaica (1981- 2002), Chair of Langham Partnership Caribbean Regional Council, Chair of the IFES Task Force on Christian Mission and Social Justice, and Adjunct Faculty of the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology where he has delighted in teaching Caribbean Church History, Politics and Culture in the Caribbean, and Church and Community Development. He has served as Co-ordinator for Jamaica’s National Crusade with Argentine Evangelist Dr. Luis Palau in 1993, and Congress logistics co-ordinator for the first Anglican Congress of the Church in the Province of the West Indies in 2000.
Born and raised in Jamaica, he was educated in Jamaica, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is married to Canadian born Margaret DeJong and they are proud parents of three children, Minke, Anneke, and Johnathan. He and his family are members of the St. Andrew Parish Church (Anglican) in Kingston, Jamaica.
His favourite Scripture is 2Cor 5:17-20