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witf featuring the art work of Reverend Neville H. V. West

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Feb 24, 2012 2:43 PM

Reverend Neville H. V. West is an artist, musician and pastor. He was born in Burton-Upon Trent, in Staffordshire, English – a historic community. Burton-Upon-Trent shaped his early life by imparting to him the gifts of art and music.

The witf Media Center will be displaying the work of Reverend Neville H. V. West through April 16th during business hours at 4801 Lindle Road in Harrisburg, PA. A free wine and cheese reception will be held on Thursday, March 15 from 5-7 p.m. This reception is open to the public!

West’s experiences as a teen and young man led him to affirm God’s call. He deepened his artistic talents at Bretby Pottery in Bretby, Derbyshire and soon became decorating manager. He also gained a great deal of experience as a church musician, playing for a wide variety of meetings. Through these experiences, God continued to affirm and deepen his call to full time vocational ministry.

God opened the doors of ministry to West through a traveling ministry across the United Kingdom and even in the United States. West was able to play for the Reverend Charles Fuller’s historic and well-known radio program, The Old-Fashioned Revival Hour, and also played for the late, great C.M. Ward.

Returning to England, he completed pastoral studies at the Elim Bible College in Clapham, London, and was ordained in the Elim Pentecostal Church as a minister. West served a new church at Romford-Essex and also at Bognor Regis in Sussex. In these ministries, God united his gifts of music, art and preaching into a seamless whole. Here he also met his wife, Patricia Nicholls, a nurse and midwife. The two were married in 1972 and had a son, Jeremy.

West was led to the United States, where he served as pastor of the First Congregational Church in Minersville, Pennsylvania. He also served as pastor of The Progress Church of God, Harrisburg, the Church of God at Doubling Gap and the Church of God in Ellwood City. He served as pastor of the Glen Furney Assembly of God in Waynesboro until his retirement from full time pastoral ministry in 2005. He also served as interim chaplain at the Franklin County Adult Detention Center.

West has received recognition from Queen Elizabeth II, former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair, former President George W. Bush, as well as honors from Valley Forge Christian College, the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the Truro Episcopal Church, Fairfax, Virginia and from The Episcopal Church of Danville, Pennsylvania. One of his larger murals is displayed at Christ United Methodist Church, and another is displayed at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.

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