The Rev'd Dr. Neal Otto Hively is an ordained Evangelical Lutheran Church in America clergyman, ordained by the Central PA Synod, Lutheran Church in America (now Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) in 1976, currently serving as senior pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, a large member congregation in Chambersburg, Franklin County, PA.
He was born in 1950, the second son of Otto and Mildred Hively. His older brother, Dr. Lee M. Hively, PhD., lives with wife Lisa in Tennessee. The Hively's originally hail from Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA. Their first American colonial ancestor, Jacob Hively, settled in York County, PA.
Neal Hively is a graduate of Thiel College, Greenville, PA, with a major in Classical Languages (Greek); The Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg (Master of Divinity, 1976) and (Master of Sacred Theology, 1984); The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (Doctor of Ministry, 1990).
He is the recipient of the Lower Susquehanna Synod's Excellence in Evangelism Award (1991), and listed in Who's Who in American Religion, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Emerging Leaders. He has been featured in numerous local newspaper and magazine articles for his research and work in both church evangelism and Pennsylvania original land records. He is a frequent speaker to local civic, historic and professional societies.
In June 2003 he was honored by the South Central PA Genealogical Society with its Dr. Henry J. Young Award, "In recognition of his significant contributions to genealogy and local history."
Dr. Hively's newest publications are "Pets and Heaven: What the Bible Says About Our Animal Friends." To view information on that book, please visit http://www.petsandheaven.org (2010) and "Animal Blessings - Over a Thousand Occasions to Celebrate" (2012), visit here: http://www.animalblessings.org/
Both those new books are available at Amazon.com; Pets and Heaven here; Animal Blessings here
He resides with his wife Lee (Codd) near Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.