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James A. Neevel was born in Albany, New York, in 1935. He graduated from Hope College in 1956 and New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1959. He served as pastor of Community Reformed Church in Clarksville, New York, from 1959 to 1966; Pitcher Hill Community Church in North Syracuse, New York, from1966 to 1975; and New Hackensack Reformed Church in Wappinger Falls, New York, from 1975 to 2000. Neevel served as the president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America in 1986. In 1987, he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hope College. After his retirement from the board of trustees at Hope College and the position of head pastor at New Hackensack, he continues to preach in a guest capacity, including visiting his previous churches. The James A. Neevel papers contain documentation from his undergraduate years at Hope in 1955 through guest preaching appearances at New Hackensack in 2009. There are relevant programs from his past churches during multiple milestone celebrations, as well as personal correspondence from mentors during his years at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and his presidency of the General Synod. The photographs include singing performances and campaign posters from his undergraduate years at Hope, his ordination and installation as a minister at Clarksville Community Church, the dedication of the Warwick Estates Education Center, his election as General Synod president, and his receipt of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hope College.


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