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Presa to Speak at Columbia Convocation


Decatur, GA—Neal D. Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will speak at the Opening Convocation for Columbia Theological Seminary this year. The event will be held in the Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 711 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA on September 5 at 10:00 am. This year’s Convocation will begin Columbia Seminary’s 186th session, and is open to the public.

Dr. Presa holds degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and Drew University (M.Phil. and Ph.D.). At Drew, Presa was a Henry Luce Foundation Graduate Fellow for the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts.

Presa has served the PC(USA) at all levels and has also been heavily engaged in global ecumenical relations. He is moderator of Elizabeth Presbytery and serves as chair of the General Assembly Special Committee on the Heidelberg Catechism. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Somerset Christian College and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Ecumenically, Presa recently concluded his second term as convener of the Caribbean and North American Area Council (CANAAC) of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) on whose Executive Committee he also served. He represented the World Alliance of Reformed Churches at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission of the World Council of Churches and at the Vatican Symposium on “Harvesting the Fruits.” 

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