Dr. Luther Whitfield is the founder and senior pastor/ teacher of New Covenant Worship Center, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to starting New Covenant, Pastor
Whitfield served as the National City Life Director for Youth For Christ USA and also as the Senior Director for the Primetime Community Center, where he still serves and engages today on a regular basis.
A native of Fort Wayne, Pastor Whitfield attended and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. After graduation he later received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois in 1984. He later received a diploma in Biblical Studies from Calvary Ministries International CMI in1989. In May of 2012, Pastor Luther received his Doctorate of Divinity degree from Huntington University. After three years of working in the Fort Wayne public school system at Bunche Elementary School, Pastor Whitfield felt motivated by the overwhelming power and love of God; he accepted God’s call to the ministry. It was during these early formative years that he began preparing himself to do the will of God on a full-time basis.
Pastor Whitfield is an outstanding communicator who is highly sought on a national level as a speaker on youth and urban issues. He has an incredible passion for young people that has been developed through over 30 years of experience. Pastor Whitfield began his career as an elementary school teacher as stated earlier, but was soon called into ministry. In his first position he served as youth pastor at Calvary Chapel, a large urban church, where he grew his youth group to 500 active students. He was the first black youth pastor serving the Fort Wayne community. Pastor Whitfield has been with Youth For Christ for over 20 years.
Pastor Whitfield is the youngest child of the late David and Lillie Whitfield. Pastor Whitfield has been married to Margo Whitfield for 29 years, and they have 3 children Tiffany, Mycal and Renata.
Services and Activities
Pastor Whitfield has served as a consultant on a variety of boards and committees.
He currently serves on:
- Huntington University Board of Trustees: Huntington Indiana
- Horizon Scholarship Advisory Board; giving away over a $100,000 in scholarships yearly.
- Board of Directors for Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ
- Board of Directors for the Euell Wilson Community Center;
- Board of Directors for the Crossing Christian School
New Covenant Worship Center Begins
On Father Day June 20, 2004 under Pastor Whitfield dynamic and visionary leadership, he started New Covenant Worship Center, a church based at the Primetime Community Center, which provides the students and families served by the center a church home. The church has a growing membership of 500 with an average attendance of 300 from a meager beginning of six families.
New Covenant Worship Center is a church committed to developing leaders and unleashing them for the work of the ministry. Pastor Whitfield vision is to build the congregation around diversity that permeates the Fort Wayne community. New Covenant’s pastoral team consists of a multicultural staff for a multicultural church.