Former dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary dies


Civil rights leader and Pastor of Brighton Heights Reformed Church in Staten Island, New York, Rev. James Seawood died Sunday morning at Robert Woods Johnson Medical Center, according to Terry Troia, executive director of Project Hospitality as reported in silive.com.

Seawood, former faculty member and dean at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary,  followed in the footsteps of his mother, who too was a civil rights activist and the only black teacher for colored children in the Little Rock at the Little School House.

His contributions range from serving in the active reserves as a U.S. Army Chaplain and performing tours of duty in the Gulf War as well as in Afghanistan or Iraq after 9/11.

Not only was Seawood the second black person to offer his presidency for the General Synod Presidency of the Reformed Church in America, he also served on the General Synod Council of the RCA after retirement from his office.

Himself a board member of Project Hospitality, a not-for-profit organization that provides services to the hungry and the homeless, Seaweed was also the immediate past president of the Staten Island Council of Churches.


By Vaishali Gauba

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