The senior pastor of Neighborhood Church is Kirk van der Swaagh.
My wife, Barbara, and I 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 our professional lives were progressing nicely, the Lord revealed his greater purposes. In the providence of God, I assumed the pastorate of Neighborhood Church in 1987.
Beginning in 1989, I attended New Brunswick Theological Seminary, receiving the Master of Divinity. It was a long tenure at NBTS, as I was a part-time student, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to have studied with my teachers and fellow students.
My ordination is with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, our church's denomination. I am currently the CCCC's representative to the National Pro-life Religious Council. I also serve as co-moderator of the Reformed Congregational Fellowship (see related websites on our Links page). Recently, I was privileged to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Methodist Episcopal Church USA.
I enjoy following the Yankees, playing golf (which I don't get to do very often, which is probably for the best as I'm not very good), reading detective novels (like Raymond Chandler or P.D James), and spending time with Barbara.
A blog that receives occasional entries from me
We are grateful to God for the years of service that Josh and his wife Sarah invested in our church. We rejoice with them as Josh has recently followed a new call to Covenant Community Church in Bellwood, PA. They are blessed to have this lovely family as part of their church.