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Returns as Pastor to Church He Served While a Student

4/22/68 - 

The Rev. Edwin. Parsil Jr. was installed as pastor of the Reformed  Church of North Brunswick, Sunday with the following members of the Classis of New Brunswick participating: The Rev. Alyle A. Schutter, the Rev. Mark C. Hesselink, the Rev. Robert G. Bender, the Rev. Dr. John W. Beardslee III, the Rev. Randall B. Bosch, President of Classis, the Rev. Frederick Mold Jr., the Rev. James B. Mulder and the Rev. Elmer H. Finger, pastor emeritus.

Mr. Parsil is a graduate of the Highland Park schools, Central College, Pella, Iowa, in 1958 with a B.A; degree and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1960, securing a B.D. degree. While still studying at the seminary he served the Reformed Church of North Brunswick as student assistant from 1956-1957 and was active in the church youth work.

Taking a year’s leave of absence from his studies he served an internship in Elmendorf Reformed Church, East Harlem in New York, after which he returned to complete his studies at the seminary. Upon graduation he was licensed to preach by the Classis of New Brunswick and was called by the Reformed Church of Hoboken and ordained and installed as the minister of that church by the Classis of Metropolitan New Jersey (now Classis Palisades).

Mr. Parsil served the Reformed Church of Hoboken until it merged with the Methodist Church to become the Community Church of Hoboken. He continued to serve the merged church until accepting a call to become minister of the Reformed Church here.

He received an award as best preacher in the graduating class of New Brunswick Seminary, 1960 and was also mentioned in the report of Dr. M. Verne Oggel, president of General Synod, 1964, for working to combat election fraud in Hoboken and named in the publication “Outstanding Young Men in America” in 1968.

He is married to the former Anita Jane White of Fort Madison, Iowa, and they have two children. 

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