Our Senior Pastor
The Reverend Dr. Gregory S. Neal is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, Duke University, and Trinity College, where his studies included extensive work in Bible, Languages, Systematic Theology, Worship and the Sacraments. While having been trained to be a Christian educator, as an ordained United Methodist minister Neal’s heart and soul can be found in the mission and ministry of the local church. To this end he has served for 28 years as the pastor of churches in North Carolina and North Texas and is currently Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Farmersville, Texas.
To take his teaching and preaching onto the world-wide-web, in 1999 Dr. Neal founded Grace Incarnate Ministries (http://www.RevNeal.org), which serves audio and video sermons, audio Bible studies, written theological papers and articles, to an internet-based audience numbering in the tens of thousands. The purpose of Dr. Neal’s ministry is “to share the Real Presence of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, creed and deed, with all.”
As a popular teacher, preacher, and retreat leader, Dr. Neal is known for his ability to translate complex theological concepts into common, everyday terms. He has spoken on many topics before thousands in churches and at conferences all over the world, but his area of specialization is the Theology of the Sacraments. He has led several pilgrimages to Israel, has traveled widely to teach for the General Board of Global Ministries and Discipleship Ministries, and enjoys volunteering his time as a Protestant Chaplain for the Holland America Cruise Line. In addition to travel, his interests include astronomy, photography, music, hiking, sailing, fishing, reading, computers, and the internet. He is the author of several books, including Grace Upon Grace: Sacramental Theology and the Christian Life and Seeking the Shepherd’s Arms: Reflections from the Pastoral Side of Life.
Ms. Dreda Ryder has been faithfully playing piano for our morning worship services for more than 3 years. Dreda’s talent and bright personality add so much to our time of worship.
Our Choral Director
Mr. Noah Reese was born in Houston, but moved to Dallas to attend Texas A&M Commerce as a secondary music education major. He is in his final year at Texas A&M Commerce. Noah recently got married in January to his wife Alexis who is also a middle school music teacher in Plano.
Our Children’s Director
Mrs. Ashley Gatlin loves children and has two precious of her own Emily and Haley. She is excited to serve her church and God teaching and loving God’s children.
Our Youth Director