The pastor of Neighborhood Church is Kirk van der Swaagh. 


Kirk and Barbara moved to New York City in 1979 to pursue careers in the theater after receiving Master of Fine Arts degrees from Temple University in the discipline of acting. Though their professional lives were progressing nicely, the Lord revealed his greater purposes. In the providence of God, Kirk assumed the pastorate of Neighborhood Church in 1987.


Beginning in 1989, Kirk attended New Brunswick Theological Seminary, receiving the Master of Divinity. It was a long tenure at NBTS, as he was a part-time student, but he is grateful for the opportunity to have studied with the faculty and students. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program of Knox Theological Seminary.


Kirk's ordination is with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, our church's denomination. He is currently the Area Pastor for Greater New York City & New Jersey as well as serving as the CCCC's representative to the National Pro-life Religious Council. He also serves as co-moderator of the Reformed Congregational Fellowship (see related websites under our "resources" tab). Recently, he was privileged to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Methodist Episcopal Church USA.

He enjoys following the Yankees, playing golf (which he doesn't get to do very often, which is probably for the best because he's not very good), reading detective novels, and spending time with Barbara.

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A blog that receives occasional entries from Kirk

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