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Neal D. Presa
Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship (Affiliate)
(908) 433-4527
npresa@nbts.edu
 
  Education:
B.A., University of California, Davis
-Political Science (w/ highest honors)
-History (w/ honors)

Graduate courses in theology and church history, Westminster Theological Seminary, California

M.Div., San Francisco Theological Seminary

Th.M, Princeton Theological Seminary

M.Phil., Drew University

Ph.D., Drew University



Experience:
Moderator, 220th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2012-2014

Pastor, Middlesex Presbyterian Church, Middlesex, NJ, 2003-present

Poppen-Young Fellowship Lecturer in Reformed Worship, Reformed Church Center, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 2012

Adjunct Faculty, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 2011-2012

Adjunct Faculty, Somerset Christian College, 2005-2010

Inaugural Henry Luce Foundation Graduate Fellow, Center for Christianities in Global Contexts, Drew University, 2007-2008

Sacraments Work Group, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2003-2006

Publications

Monograph:

Here I Am,Lord, Send Me: Ritual and Narrative for a Theology of Presbyteral Ordination in the Reformed Tradition. Eugene, OR: Resource Publications/Wipf & Stock, 2012 (forthcoming)

Edited Books:

That They May All Be One: Celebrating the World Communion of Reformed Churches: essays in honor of Clifton Kirkpatrick. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.

Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers. Elizabeth, NJ: Broadmind Press, 2008.

Essays/Articles:

Theological Perspective sections on Luke 8:4-15, Luke 8:16-21, Luke 8:22-25. Feasting of the Gospels, edited by Cynthia Jarvis and Elizabeth Johnson. Louisville, KY: Westmnster John Knox Press, 2013. (forthcoming)

Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry Revisited at 30: A Global Ecumenical Perspective Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts, forthcoming

Reformata, Semper Reformanda Association of Reformed Liturgy & Worship newsletter Vol. 8, issue 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 5-6

Ecumenism in a Post-Denominational Time Ecclesio.com on-line journal (November 15-19, 2010), http://www.ecclesio.com/2010/11/ecumenism-in-a-post-denominational-time-neal-d-presa/

Take, Bless, Break, Give: A Reformed Perspective on Why the Church Ecumenical Review 62:3 (October 2010), pp. 282-288

Whenever You Eat This Bread and Drink This Cup: Being a Communion of Churches in That They May All Be One: Celebrating the World Communion of Reformed Churches. Edited by Neal D. Presa. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010

Harvesting the Fruits: Promoting Unity in the Church Patheos on-line journal (May 11, 2010), http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Harvesting-the-Fruits-Promoting-Unity-in-the-Church.html

Healing Word sections for Year C (2010) Sunday Lectionary readings: April 4-25, May 2-16 in Homily Service, vol. 43, no. 2

Minute for Mission on Christian Unity focus for January 24, 2010, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 2010 Mission Yearbook. Louisville, KY: General Assembly Council, 2009.

Healing Word sections for Year B (2009) Sunday Lectionary readings: July 12-August 30 in Homily Service, vol. 42, no. 3

Studying the Lectionary sections for Year B (2008/2009) Sunday Lectionary readings: January 11 and February 22, 2009 in Homily Service, vol. 42, no. 1

Healing Word sections for Year A (2008) Sunday Lectionary readings: October 5-19, November 1-23 in Homily Service, vol. 41, no. 4

Stale Bread and Sour Wine: Keeping the Gospel Real Through the Sacraments with accompanying response from the Rev. Dr. Laura Mendenhall in Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers. Edited by Neal D. Presa. Elizabeth, NJ: Broadmind Press, 2008.

Healing Word sections for Year A (2008) Sunday Lectionary readings: August 3-31 in Homily Service , vol. 41, no. 3

Daily Meditations for May 25-31, 2008, These Days: Daily Devotions for Living By Faith, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, April-June 2008

Ordination in The Apostolic Tradition Call to Worship vol. 40.2, November 2006

With Martha Moore-Keish, Finding a Theology of Ordination and Vocation in Baptism The Presbyterian Outlook June 19, 2006 (Issue 188-21)

Healing Word sections for Year C (2007) Lectionary readings: October 7, 8 (Canadian Thanksgiving), 14, 21, 28 in Homily Service, vol. 40, no. 11

Healing Word sections for Year B (2006) Lectionary readings: November 1, 5, 12, 19, 26 in Homily Service, vol. 39, no. 12

Healing Word sections for Year B (2006) Lectionary readings: September 3, 17, 24 in Homily Service, vol. 39 , no. 11

Putting Faith Into Practice, The Text in Context section, The Present Word Bible Study Curriculum. Louisville, KY:Congregational Ministries Publishing, Fall 2003

Jesus Fulfills His Mission, The Text in Context section, The Present Word Bible Study Curriculum. Louisville, KY:Congregational Ministries Publishing, Spring 2004

Hold Fast to the Faith, The Text in Context section, The Present Word Bible Study Curriculum. Louisville, KY:Congregational Ministries Publishing, Summer 2004

Book Reviews:

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller (New York: Riverhead Books, 2008) in The Living Pulpit (www.pulpit.org), Lent 2012  forthcoming

Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005) in The Living Pulpit (www.pulpit.org), Lent 2012 - forthcoming

Ratzingers Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI by Tracey Rowland (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) in Ecumenical Review vol. 63, issue 2 (July 2011): 242-243

Sacraments: Revelation of the Humanity of God: engaging the fundamental theology of Louis-Marie Chauvet eds. Philippe Bordeyne and Bruce T. Morrill (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2008) in Homiletic, vol. 35, no. 1 (2010)

Academic Memberships

Societas Liturgica (international society for liturgical scholars)

Studia Liturgica Editorial Board (international peer-reviewed journal for liturgical scholars)

North American Academy of Liturgy
-Liturgical Theology seminar

Academy of Homiletics

Service to the Church (selected highlights):

Executive Committee, World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), 2010-2011

Executive Committee, World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), 2006-2010

Convenor, Caribbean and North American Area Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, 2006-2011

WARC Representative to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Symposium on Harvesting the Fruits, Rome, Italy 2010

WARC Representative to the Faith and Order Plenary Commission of the World Council of Churches, Kolympari, Crete, 2009

Board of Trustees, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2008-2011

Chair, General Assembly Special Committee on the Heidelberg Catechism, 2008-2012

Vice Chair, General Assembly Council

Moderator, Presbytery of Elizabeth



 


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