Barbara J Newman

Celebrating Barb’s Life


On the evening of September 18, 2020, All Belong lost our friend and colleague, Barbara J. Newman.  Barb was a wife, mother, teacher, author, thought-leader, and friend.  An advocate for inclusive education in Christian schools, the effects of Barb’s work were felt near and far.  Her voice and presence will be missed.

Barb Puzzle

Remembering Barb: 

touching tributes to an innovator in the world of inclusive education and ministry

"All Belong: A Tribute"

by Scott Hoezee

Published 9/22/20 in the Reformed Journal: The Twelve

"Remembering Our Friend Barb Newman"

by Mark Stephenson and Terry DeYoung

Published 9/23/20 on the Christian Reformed Church’s Network

"The best at what she does"

by Stephen Grcevich MD

Published 9/15/20 on
Barb Puzzle

Learning from Barb: 

Barb leaves behind an extensive library of articles, books, and videos. Explore the resources below to hear from Barb herself the importance of inclusive community building.  

“Barbara J. Newman on Adult Inclusive Small Group Bible Studies”

September 29, 2017 – Calvin Institute for Christian Worship

 Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship

by Barbara Newman and Betty Grit

All Belong Center for Inclusive Education (2016)






“Universal Design and Responsive Design”

May 22, 2020 – Calvin Institute for Christian Worship

“Universal Design for Worship: Symposium 2016 Plenary Address”

May 2, 2016 – Calvin Institute for Christian Worship

Barb Puzzle

Celebrating Barb: 

On Friday, September 25, 2020, friends and family gathered both in person and virtually to celebrate the life of Barbara J. Newman. This service captured well Barb’s call to make space for everyone in whatever setting she found herself in.

The Funeral Service

Barb’s Puzzle Card: Download a card handed out at the end of the funeral service, which highlights a quote from Barb, sharing an encouragement she shared often with others – an encouragement for everyone to share their gifts and talents with the world.

The Obituary

Click below to view Barb’s Obituary, compliments of Langeland Sterenberg Funeral Home in Holland MI.  In addition to information on Barb’s life and her passing, there is an opportunity to sign a virtual guestbook.

Barb Puzzle

Supporting Barb’s Vision and Work: 

Join and support the work of All Belong as we carry on Barb’s calling to build communities of belonging

Barb was very specific with instructions regarding gifts; her final words on the matter were, “forget the flowers! Give to All Belong Church Services and to Zeeland Christian.”

Per her request, for those who wish to celebrate her life’s work, please consider doing so through giving to the organizations that carry on her life’s work: All Belong and Zeeland Christian School.

To give a gift in Barb’s honor to All Belong, please visit the All Belong giving page. There, you will find an option to direct your gift towards the Church Services division, which equips churches to build spaces of belonging for congregants of all abilities, in memory of Barb.