In September, Rev. James (Jim) A. Letizia will be retiring from the full-time pastorate at New Covenant Church in Pompano Beach, where he has served alongside his wife, Linda Letizia, for all 32 years in ministry.
Known for his gifted music leadership and crafting of worship, Letizia was ordained into the ministry at Good News Church in Ft. Lauderdale in 1982 and came to New Covenant Church in 1985. He was ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1990 as Associate Pastor of New Covenant and installed as Senior Pastor in 1998. He is a graduate of Trinity International University (BS), and Knox Theological Seminary (M.Div).
In reflecting on his father’s retirement, Philip Letizia, assistant pastor at Boynton Beach Community Church, said, “What can be said about a man who faithfully answers the call to serve the Lord? Not only during one’s youth, filled with zeal and vision and naiveté, but more importantly, in the crunch of middle life, when the joys and disappointments seem to alternate like the seasons. From celebrations of every kind, to hospital beds and dementia wards. From the baptismal font to the grave side. Jim Letizia was always known for having the heart and mind of the psalmist – the singer, the musician, the lover of God. What better way to lead God’s people? The Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 4:14-16 have been fulfilled in you, Dad.”