New Revolving Loan Fund Manager

On March 21, 2016 the Revolving Loan Fund Trustees gave a unanimous vote of confidence in support of this Director’s selection of Bro. Vernon Newman to fill the position of Revolving Loan Fund Manager. The Manager position became vacant after the retirement of Bro. Lavell Lee in June 2015. During the regularly scheduled Revolving Loan Fund meeting, held at the Missions Office, I informed the Trustees that I had been discussing the position with Bro. Newman for the past year and that he had agreed to accept the position. I shared with them a complete Biography of Bro. Newman’s background and qualification, which is very extensive, but here is an excerpt:

Vernon L. Newman was born 23 December 1960 in Grenada, MS. He graduated from West Jones High School in Laurel, MS in 1978. He later attended Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, MS with an emphasis on business. He graduated in 1994 from William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS with a BGS in (Business) and went on to acquire his MBA in Business in 1998 from William Carey University.

He and his wife, Tammie, married 34 years, have two grown children, Michael and Morgan.

He was saved when he was 6 years old, re-affirmed that salvation in 1981 and was baptized at Big Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Soso, MS.

He has served in various positions in his church and local and state associations including service as a Trustee and Clerk of the Revolving Loan Fund. In 2010 he was ordained as deacon at Big Creek Missionary Baptist Church and has served in an active capacity uninterrupted to the present.

Vernon Newman is presently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Mississippi National Guard with over 26 years of commissioned service. He will be retiring in August of 2016, which is when he will officially begin serving as the RLF Manager.

During his years of service, LTC Newman participated in numerous deployments including Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War from Nov ’90-April ‘91; and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait from Dec ’04-Jan ‘06; and again as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom station at Taji, Iraq from May ’09-March ’10.

He was awarded with the following awards in recognition for his military service: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/ two (2) Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (w/ one (1), Silver Oak Leaf Cluster & two (2) Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (w/ one (1) Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal (w/ three (3) Bronze Service Stars), Southwest Asia Service Medal (w/ one (1) Bronze Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/ Silver “X”) (w/ “M” Device) (w/ “3”) Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (w/ “3”), Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (w/ “3”)
Kuwait Liberation Medal, Mississippi Magnolia Medal (w/ three (3) Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Mississippi War Medal (w/ two (2) Bronze Service Stars), Mississippi Emergency Service Medal (w/one (1) Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Mississippi Service School Medal, Mississippi Longevity Medal (6th Award)

His background and training, as well as, his understanding of our associated work, the Revolving Loan Fund and Missions will serve to make him a tremendous asset to this department and the entire BMA of Mississippi.

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