The Reverend James E. Vincent (80) passed peacefully on Oct. 26th 2014, after a long illness. He was surrounded by his family, supported by friends, both far and near, and was kept in dignity and comfort by a skilled team of medical staff at Saratoga Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Vincent, son Doug Vincent, daughter Susan Vincent- Cox (husband Jim) daughter Laura Ryder, his sister Donna Ingle (husband Avery), a granddaughter Emily Cox, 3 grandsons: Ethan Ryder, Cameron Cox, and Ian Vincent and several nieces and nephews.
After graduating from New Brunswick Theological Seminary Jim was a pastor for over 40 years serving the Reformed Church in America. He served 3 congregations: the Stanton Reformed Church in NJ, a church extension (building from the ground up) the Danboro Reformed Church near Doylestown Pennsylvania, and the Warwick Reformed Church in NY.
Jim was a deeply spiritual man with great compassion for people. He was loved by his parishioners and was very dedicated to his church and community. He strived to help his parishioners integrate spiritual faith into the everyday fabric of their lives and was especially gifted at leading youth, young adult and outreach ministries. He left a legacy of helping to grow strong congregations in all 3 churches he served.
Jim was a great advocate for social justice. He was one of several pastors who helped organize local churches in the Philadelphia area to march in Washington, DC for the Civil Rights Movement. He was instrumental in developing programs such as Potters House for the mentally ill in Danboro, PA and he co-founded an assisted-living facility and Senior Shuttle Service in Warwick NY.
Jim loved golfing and loved spending time camping with his family throughout New England and the US. He loved the mountains and the ocean and especially loved going with his wife and grandchildren to places like Acadia National Park and Wells Beach, ME. Jim and Barbara enjoyed retirement in Hendersonville, NC and Surry, NH. One year ago they moved to the Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, NY.
A Memorial Service led by the Reverend Joyce DeVelder will be held at the Helderberg Reformed Church, 11am Friday Oct 31st in Guilderland Center, NY. Interment will be before the service with family members only. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to share love and memories with the family after the Memorial Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory can be made to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany. www.interfaithpartnership.com/ 176 Sheridan Ave. Albany NY 12210 (518)434-8021