December 8, 1944 ~ June 18, 2020
Born in: Bridgeton, New Jersey
Resided in: Bryan,, Texas
UPDATE: Dear friends and relatives,
We invite you to worship God and remember the life and ministry of Neil James Lodge. The service will be 2pm on July 11 at Westminster Presbyterian Church (3333 Oak Ridge Drive, Bryan, Texas). Neil’s nephew-in-law and former intern, Dr. Lane Tipton, Fellow of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Reformed Forum, will be preaching.
Because building capacity may be limited, we request that you answer the questions below by July 4. If you are unable to be with us in person, we will be live streaming the service from Westminster Bryan’s YouTube Channel. Simply click here to join us: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy11o9Lh2rpggm_lpJOHO-g/live
Out-of-town guests will be invited to a 6:30pm outdoor reception at the home of the McDonalds (4089 Barnhill Lane, Bryan, TX 77808).
Westminster has graciously allowed us to use their facilities for the event, and we believe that the space will accommodate all who wish to be with us in person. Elders of the church have requested that we comply with building protocols to prevent spread of infection, including the use of masks for all worshipers over the age of 2. Here is a link to the protocols, including a map of the building and the entrances we will be using: https://spark.adobe.com/page/NmBOXij7HayMh/ Additional masks will be available for those who do not have one.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
Neil James Lodge went to be with the Lord on June 18 after a 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan, his sister Jane, his four children Jessica (Michael McDonald), Stephen, David, and Russell (Chialing); and six grandchildren: Austin, Noel, Callie, Susan, Christian, and James.
Neil was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, and graduated from Bridgeton High School. He served four years in the Air Force and met Susan Male while stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. They were married in 1971. Neil graduated from Gordon College with a philosophy degree in 1972 and earned his master of divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) in 1975. As a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Neil pastored in Middletown, Delaware (1975-1981), Abilene, Texas (1981-1998), Bridgeton, New Jersey (1998-2005), Cherry Hill, New Jersey (2006-2014), and West Collingswood, New Jersey (2014-2019). Even while struggling with cancer and receiving chemo treatments, he was able to continue preaching until he retired to Bryan, Texas to live in a cottage Susan designed on Jessica’s property. Even after his retirement he was instrumental in church planting an Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas and performed the first service on May 24.
Neil’s hobby first and foremost was writing sermons and shepherding people. He was genuinely interested in the people around him and even during his chemo treatments at M.D. Anderson you would overhear conversations with strangers in which he would ask, “If you were to die tonight and stand before a holy God, and He were to ask you why He should let you into His heaven, what would you say?” Neil loved children and youth and started Covenant Christian School in Abilene, TX, serving as its principal and Bible teacher for many years. He is remembered by many youth for his participation in summer Bible camps and conferences. He mentored seventeen summer and yearlong pastoral interns. He was extremely well-read, loved airplanes and electronics, sang old-time gospel favorites, and trained the family dogs. Most of all, he loved Susan and would sing her the song, “I can’t help falling in love with you.”
Having run with endurance the race set before him, Neil set an example to others as he fixed his eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of his faith, and at the end was fearlessly leaning toward the finish line, remaining faithful to the time when his faith became sight. We who are left behind do not grieve as those without hope, knowing that he is face to face with his beloved Savior.
The family is planning a memorial worship service in the month of July; details forthcoming.
Although he was Jessica’s dad, he was like a second father to our teens for life group in high school. He was a bright light and positive word at all times. He will be missed. Heaven has welcomed a new angel.
Sue, I’m glad you are near your family. It was very important to me to be close. Love, Ruth
We are so sorry for your loss but thankful for his life and ministry.
Having Neil in our home and hearing him sing God’s praise at the top of his voice is a great memory for us. What an infectious love for Christ he had! We are praying for you all and are grateful for Neil’s love for Christ and others.
Pastor Neil was undoubtedly a living testimony for his Lord Jesus and though I didn’t know him as well as others, it was plain to see his love for and dedication to his Savior. I’m thankful for Women’s Presbyterial because
I’ve made friends with other sisters in the Lord, including Susan, Pastor’s wife. You and Pastor are an inspiring example of godliness and faithfulness
even in the midst of trials. May the Lord bless you, Susan, as he surrounds you with family and as you begin another chapter in your life without beloved husband Neil but always with Jesus at your side!
Remembering a dear friend. In reflecting upon this dear friend, I thank the Lord for the opportunity of knowing this faithful man of God who labored well for many years. A couple of fond memories: While a speaker at a youth Bible Conference (French Creek Bible) he would select a hymn appropriate to his messages from God’s Word that week, and the entire group would sing each day before the message. Of course he would ask his dear wife Sue to accompany on the piano. He was also known for his deep voice and at camp he introduced his phrase for the conference “This is a Great Camp”, this was repeated much over the week and even other weeks over the years. Another testimony of God’s grace was an evening that he and Sue, my wife and I, along with another couple enjoyed fellowship and dinner one evening at Olive Garden. While waiting in the lobby area to be called for our table, all of a sudden Mr. Lodge spoke Let us sing and proceeded to lead us as a small group in singing to the entire group at the restaurant. What a testimony and a witness of God’s grace in that public place. I can only imagine what he exclaimed when he saw heaven. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Sorry for your loss. Mark and Ginger (Ellis) Holler
So many camp memories! I can hear his booming voice say “let’s hear it for the flakes!” and “This is a great camp!” I pray God provides you and the kids the comfort and peace you need during this time.
I have know Neil since 1977, and always considered him a close, personal friend. Until he moved to Texas, we had dinner together once a month, and it was always a pleasure. What a blessing to know that I will see him again! My prayers are with his loving family.