2010-05-06 / Front Page

Pastor of Presbyterian Church in New Brunswick to retire

After 33 years of service as pastor at the Presbyterian Church in New Brunswick, the Rev. Dr. Szabolcs S.G. Nagy will retire at the end of May.

To celebrate Rev. Nagy’s long tenure and impending retirement, a special worship service will be held 4:30 p.m. May 23 at the church, 100 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. The service will be followed by a reception in the church’s Friendship Hall, concluding at 8:30 p.m.

Rev. Nagy was born in Debrecen, Hungary, but his family was displaced from their homeland during World War II. In 1951 the Nagys immigrated to the United States, and Rev. Nagy grew up in Amarillo, Texas.

His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas, a Bachelor of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University.

Ordained in 1967, Rev. Nagy became pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in Alpha, Warren County, where new facilities were built for worship and education during his tenure. In May 1977 he was elected as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in New Brunswick, the historic church established in 1726 by the Rev. Gilbert Tennent.

During his service as pastor in New Brunswick, Rev. Nagy was extremely active in church and community activities. He served as moderator of the Presbytery of New Brunswick, the Synod of the Northeast, and the New Brunswick Council of Churches.

He has served on the board of governors of the New Jersey Council of Churches, was a board member and trustee of the Hall Education Fund, a board member of the Rutgers United Campus Ministry, commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, and chair of the Tri-Synod Mass Media Board.

He presently serves as co-moderator of the Urban Mission Cabinet of the Presbytery and also is a member of the Presbytery Council.

Rev. Nagy has been actively involved in housing issues, crisis ministry, elderly issues, the Emergency Overflow Shelter for Men program, and the Sister Cities program in New Brunswick. He currently serves as a police chaplain, treasurer of the Hall Education Fund and president of the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association. In addition, he is on the board of directors and the Executive Committee of Bethlen Communities in Ligonier, Pa.

Rev. Nagy and his wife, Eva, longtime president of the Franklin Township Board of Education, reside in Somerset, where they raised their children Ilona and Szabolcs T. Nagy.

For more information on the worship service and reception, call Agatha Asamoah at 732-981-9121, Grace Farkas 732-828- 1133 or Barbara Nicol 732-545-2111.

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