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Pastor's Bio


Rev. Dr. William Bert Neal III


Pastor Neal was appointed Pastor of Wesley Chapel UMC, McDonough, GA on June 23, 2013. He is a Georgia native, born in Augusta. Pastor Neal graduated from North Carolina A&T State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and upon graduating, Pastor Neal served over 20 years as a United States Army Officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After retiring from the Army, Pastor Neal held several positions in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. He was the Deputy Executive Director of the Atlanta Housing Authority during the Olympics. He was CEO of the ALICE Group, a strategic planning and management service company for churches. He also held leadership and management positions with the Department of Commerce and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Before answering the call to full time ministry, Pastor Neal was a very active Lay Servant at Ben Hill United Methodist Church from 1988 until 1999. He held offices with the United Methodist Men, served as an Usher, sang with the Majestic Choir, taught Bible Study, and was a member of the Board of Trustees and Building Committee. He served as a Student Minister from May 2000 to September 2005 while attending seminary.

Pastor Neal graduated with honors from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Gammon Theological Seminary in May 2005, with a concentration in Christian Education and Youth Ministry. His previous assignments have been as the Associate Pastor, St. James UMC in Alpharetta, and Pastor of Sacred Praise UMC in Lovejoy.

Pastor Neal serves as a member of the North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and he is also the Chairman of the Griffin District Committee

for Ordained Ministry. At the 2017 Annual Conference, he was elected to serve on the North Georgia Conference Board of Trustees.

Pastor Neal is married to the former Denise A. Perry. She is the Director of Quality Assurance for Georgia Community Support and Solutions, Inc. They have been married for 36 years. They have one son, William Bert IV and one daughter, Tiffany (George Shine) and one grandson Isaiah.