Dr. Tom Neal was born on November 12, 1947, to Herman and Betty Neal. He was saved at six years of age and thanks to godly parents he has been faithful to the Lord and His church since that time. Preacher graduated from Forrest Park High School in Forrest Park, Georgia in the spring of 1965 and surrendered to preach on the 9th of January in 1966.

After his surrender to preach in Atlanta, Georgia, he enrolled in Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the fall of 1966. While under Dr. Lee Roberson’s ministry at Highland Park Baptist Church and Tennessee Temple College, he met and married the former Becky Stephens on December 23, 1967. The Lord has graciously blessed their home with four sons and several grandchildren.

While attending Tennessee Temple College, he earned a Graduate of Theology Degree in August of 1969 and a Bachelor of Bible Degree in August of 1971. Upon graduation, he served as an Associate Pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia for three years then the Lord led him to Lake Butler, Florida where he served the Trinity Baptist Church for three years as Pastor. With a heart for pastors and a heart for people, God used Preacher in full time evangelism for the next three and a half years.

It was in November of 1980 the Lord led Dr. Tom Neal to Orange Park, Florida to his present pastorate at Berean Baptist Church. He has led Berean Baptist Church from a handful of people to a thriving ministry in one of the fastest growing areas of northeast Florida. He has been honored with Doctorate degrees from Heritage Baptist University in Indianapolis, Indiana; Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida; and Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana. In the fall of 1998, he started the Berean Baptist College to train future servants of God for the work of God around the world.

For several years, Dr. Tom Neal had the privilege and honor to travel and speak with Dr. Jack Hyles of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana. Because of his richly blessed ministry and his willingness to be a help to others, Dr. Tom Neal continues to travel and speak as the Lord affords opportunities.