Rev. Neal is a native of Hilton Head Island, SC and is the seventh child of Mrs. Gertrude B. Grant and the late Mr. Solomon E. Grant, Sr. She is married to Reverend Nathaniel Neal, Presiding Elder of the Savannah District and Senior Presiding Elder of the (Old) Georgia Conference of the 6th Episcopal District. They are the parents of Nathaniel C. E. Neal. She is the granddaughter of the late Rev. William Brown, Sr. of Hilton Head Island, SC. Her home church is Queen Chapel AME Church on Hilton Head Island, SC.
She received the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from North Carolina A&T State University (1981), the Master of Business Administration degree from Atlanta University (1985), and the Master of Divinity degree from Turner Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) (1999). Rev. Neal is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Rev. Neal has over 30 years experience in accounting, finance, auditing and budgeting having worked in various capacities and managerial positions in private practice, private industry, and the federal government. She also served as adjunct professor of accounting and business at Dekalb Technical College. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
She has over 18 years experience in various areas of ordained ministry to include 1) former Pastor of Grant Chapel AME Church (Macon, GA) and Nimno AME Church (Athens, GA); 2) current Senior Pastor of Saint Peter AME Church (Midway, GA). Other prior opportunities for ministerial service included: 1) Associate Minister (Saint Philip AME Church – Atlanta, GA), 2) Ministerial Advisor to the Singles’ Ministry (Saint Philip AME Church – Atlanta, GA), and 3) Assistant Pastor (Saint Paul AME Church – Alabama and First AME Church – Athens, GA). Other areas of ministry include Treasurer of the 6th Episcopal District Women In Ministry, Treasurer of the Georgia Annual Conference Women In Ministry, Instructor on the Annual Conference (Macon, Augusta, and Georgia) Board of Examiners, member of the Judicial Committee (Georgia Annual Conference), and member of the Finance Committee (Georgia Annual Conference).
Rev. Neal served as an intern with the Ford Fellowship in Community Service Ministry Program (The ITC) working with teens in crises (Atlanta, GA); Research Assistant to Dr. Jacquelyn Grant-Collier (ITC Office of Black Women in Church and Society), and Research Assistant to Dept of Biblical Studies at the ITC. She has earned various certificates and awards as instructor and speaker at various seminars, workshops, and conferences. Elected to serve as an Alternate Delegate to the 2012 General Conference of the AME Church and attended General Conferences as an observer since 1992.
Awards, acknowledgements, certificates for service include: Speaker’s Award (M. L. King, Jr. Observance Committee of Liberty County; Certificate of Appreciation (Zion Temple Holiness Church); Certificates of Appreciation (Vacation Bible School, Young People’s Division of the Women’s Missionary Society, Women’s Conference Speaker, “True Sheppardship”); Dept of Health & Human Services Public Health Practice Program Office Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Teamwork; Defense Contract Audit Agency Exceptional Performance Award Certificate & Superior Accomplishment Award and many others.
Rev. Neal has always sought to be a productive member of society. The world is an ever changing place and she strongly believes that in order to keep this society progressing and changing for the better, each individual must contribute something positive. She also believes that knowledge is of no use if it is kept confined but is of great help when it is shared with others.
She is inspired by these words, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5). Her favorite hymnal words, “Be not dismayed, whatever be tide, God will take care of you.”
She is professionally affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She finds relaxation and enjoyment being among friends and preparing meals for special occasions.