Neal D. Presa is the Moderator of the 220th General Assembly, the highest elected office of the 1.9-million member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), having been elected by the national governing council of the Church on June 30, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA, to serve from 2012-2014.
Neal is a Filipino American, serving as pastor of Middlesex Presbyterian Church (middlesexpresbychurch.org) and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at New Brunswick Theological Seminary (nbts.edu).
Neal is a committed ecumenist, having lent leadership through the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and its predecessor, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), having served on both executive committees, and serving as convenor of the Caribbean and North American Area Council. Neal has served as a trustee of Princeton Theological Seminary, chair of the General Assembly Special Committee on the Heidelberg Catechism, and as vice chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (formerly the General Assembly Council); regionally as vice moderator and moderator of the Presbytery of Elizabeth.
He is the author of Here I Am, Lord, Send Me: Ritual and Narrative for a Theology of Presbyteral Ordination in the Reformed Tradition (Resource Publications/Wipf and Stock, 2012). He has edited two books: That They May All Be One: Celebrating the World Communion of Reformed Churches:essays in honor of Clifton Kirkpatrick (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010) and Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers (Broadmind Press, 2008). He has past and forthcoming essays in Ecumenical Review, Homiletic, Homily Service, The Present Word, The Presbyterian Outlook, Call To Worship, The Living Pulpit, Patheos, and the upcoming multi-volume series, Feasting on the Gospels (WJKP)
Professionally, he is a member of Societas Liturgica, the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Academy of Homiletics, and serves on the editorial board of the international peer-review journal, Studia Liturgica.
He studied at Drew University (Ph.D, M.Phil. in liturgical studies/liturgical theology), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M. in pastoral theology), San Francisco Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Westminster Theological Seminary California (graduate theology/history courses), and the University of California, Davis (B.A. in political science summa cum laude and historycum laude).
Born in Guam and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Neal and his wife have two sons; the Presas live in New Jersey. Neal enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, traveling, fine wine and great food, working out, reading, and politics.
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