Jay McNeal was born in 1972 and ordained in 2013. Some of the events between those years were as follows. He was raised in Binghamton, NY. He received his bachelor of science in civil engineering and economics from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and master of arts in teaching from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Jay then joined the U.S. Army’s Light Infantry where he was rapidly promoted from rifleman to team leader to armorer to an officer in the chaplain candidate program.
Jay’s pull to attend seminary began before college and hasn’t gone away even after graduating. Jay studied in the master of divinity programs at Union Presbyterian Seminary (PCUSA), St. Paul School of Theology (United Methodist), and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He was ordained May 25, 2013 when he graduated from BTSR.
Throughout all of his pursuits of higher education, Jay has always been a working man. Jobs have ranged from retail to food service, and construction to insurance. There have been many leadership training events and conferences. There have been camps and churches attended by Jay. There have been camps and churches staffed by Jay. And he’s never met an adventure course he didn’t love.
Jay began as student staff at Union Presbyterian Seminary’s theological library in 2011 while studying at its sister seminary Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Today Jay works full time in the library’s Instructional Resource Center. The library is also where he met and proposed to his fellow student worker, Kelli Eck. The McNeals tied the knot August 1st, 2015. Kelli is completing two masters programs (at BTSR and Virginia Commonwealth University). The couple will move to Kelli’s home state of Ohio in the summer of 2017.
In 2014 Rev. McNeal observed the problem that faith leaders did not exist in one accessible database, they could only be found through their specific denominations. So he launched an affiliation of faith leaders and presented them to their regions in a way that the public was already looking for them.
With new names and logos, United Faith Leaders and The Coffeepot Fellowship Podcast met the public for the first time in the autumn of 2015. Jay continues to interview diverse leaders on the podcast and has created a body of work that helps people all around the world, of all ages and faith traditions, who know or wonder “Who is God?” If you haven’t indulged in The Coffeepot Fellowship Daily Podcast you can check it out here.