Presiding Elder Nathaniel Neal was educated in the South Carolina Educational System. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Troy State University. He attended Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia for two and a half years and he is currently pursuing the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling at St. Leo University. Presiding Elder Neal is the recipient of the Honorary Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Faith Seminary in Birmingham, Alabama.
In 2001, Presiding Elder Neal was transferred to the 6th Episcopal District and assigned to serve as Senior Pastor of First A.M.E. Church in Athens, Georgia. After four years of service and over $80,000 of debt liquidation, Reverend Neal was appointed to the position of Presiding Elder of the Savannah District of the Georgia Annual Conference of the 6th Episcopal District — African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Presiding Elder Neal has awarded 15 scholarships over the past 4 years to high school graduates on the Savannah District and has repaired several churches at no cost to them. He is currently working towards building a new church on the District.
He also serves as the CEO of Generations Family and Community Services, Inc., a tax-exempt non-profit organization. Presiding Elder Neal is the recipient of the Georgia Citizen of the Year Award.