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Local youth pastor killed while being a Good Samaritan

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A youth pastor at a Lake Oswego church was killed late Monday night along Interstate 5 in Washington.

Preston Newby, who serves as the youth pastor at Lake Bible Church, 4565 Carman Drive, stopped to assist another driver whose vehicle struck an elk near Toledo. Newby, 24, was then struck and killed by another car.

A spokesman for the Washington State Patrol said Newby, a Tualatin resident, was attempting to help the driver of the elk-damaged car just before midnight Monday. Officials said another car swerved to miss the elk carcass and struck Newby, killing him.

The 16-year-old female driver whose car hit the elk suffered cuts to her face and was treated at a hospital in Centralia.

Troopers indicated that the driver who struck Newby was calling 9-1-1 on her cell phone to report the first accident when her vehicle struck him.

According to the Lake Bible Church Web site, Newby was co-leader of the high school and junior high ministries and served on the church worship team. He is survived by his wife, Tara, and their infant son Jacob.

'Our church feels like the Yorktown aircraft carrier in World War II,' said Jim Andrews, senior pastor at Lake Bible Church. 'We are floating but there is a hole in our hull.'

Tara Newby is expecting the couple's second child, Andrews said.

Andrews said that the Newbys were traveling to Canada for vacation when the car in front of them struck the elk. Upon checking on the car occupants, Newby was calling 9-1-1 on his cell phone when he was hit. Tara and Jacob Newby were in the family's car on the interstate's shoulder and were not injured.

'I don't know anything but good things to say about this guy,' Andrews said, calling him 'a team player to the max.'

Church members called him the 'servant,' a reference to his willingness to always lend a hand.

'I know that Preston chose to stop and help because he accurately believed that the Lord Jesus had called him to serve others as the light of Christ,' suggested Lake Bible Church's Jonathan Thompson, Newton's co-pastor of youth ministries. 'He lived the words of Christ, 'Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.' (John 15:13) He lived to serve the Lord Jesus as if his life depended upon it.'

Newby is a graduate of Multnomah Bible College with a bachelor of arts degree in theology and Greek. He assumed his pastorate on Nov. 1, 2006. He previously worked at churches in Portland and Miles City, Mont.

Thompson said that he, his wife Kristin and Preston and Tara Newby 'met at Multnomah at a married student ice cream social. We became the closest of friends then and have been ever since.'

Services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Bible Church. For more information, call the church office at 503-699-9840 or visit the church's Web site at lakebiblechurch.com .