Pastor Steven McNeal is the Interim Pastor of Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, in Raleigh, North Carolina of the North Carolina Conference. Pastor McNeal graduated from Morris Brown College in May of 2001, and then served in the United States Navy after 9/11 as a weather observation specialist. In 2010 he attended the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) and graduated on May 14, with Masters in Divinity (M. Div.) in Religion and Psychology.  During it was during this time that he meets his wife then Allyssa Green.  From June 9, 2014 – June 15, 2015 accepted a CPE residency at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, SC.  While remaining in Spartanburg he attended worship service at Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, and began the process of Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church.  In 2018 obtained the Provisional Elder status in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.  While living in Spartanburg, SC reconnected with Allyssa who was living in Charlotte, NC at the time.  On June 29, 2018 they were married at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA.  Two years later their first child was born a son they named Micah Steven McNeal.

Churches Previously Served:

Associate Pastor at Silver Hill United Methodist from June 2018 to January 2019.

Interim Pastor for the Brooke Green charge in Murrell’s Inlet January 2019 to June 2019

Pastor of the Clover Charge in Clover, SC June 2019 to June 2020

Pastor of New Providence in Darlington, SC June 2020 to June 2021

Interim Pastor of Harleyville Parish in Harleyville, SC from June 2021 to September 2021