Family Promise of the Midlands 501(c)3                                 1333 Omarest Dr, Columbia, SC 29210     (803) 832-4765



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Karen Newsome, an ordained Presbyterian minister, has been named executive director of Family Promise of the Midlands. “The issue of homelessness touches my heart, and I am very pleased to be able to work with the faith community to address this problem,” said Newsome.

“Family Promise is making a difference for homeless families, and Karen will help us take our ministry to the next level,” said Randy Covington, Family Promise board chair.

From 2009 until 2014, Newsome served as pastor of Sion Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro.  Previously she was interim senior pastor of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church.  Newsome replaces the organization’s first director, Kathleen McLean-Titus, who has accepted a position with the Methodist Conference. 

Karen's first day on the job was Sunday, January 29, 2017, when she met with volunteers at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, or newest host congregation, at a training session (pictured bottom left).


Her first full week was a busy one as we made final preparations for our second annual fundraising gala, where she was introduced to a sold-out crowd of faithful supporters.  

We are excited to welcome Karen to the Family Promise team. She would love the opportunity to speak to your congregation or civic group about the important work we are doing together to help families experiencing homelessness. Contact Karen at

Family Promise Names New Executive Director