Welcome Bill Neal

Dr. Bill Neal, Our New Interim Pastor to Senior Adults and Pastoral Care


I am so pleased to announce that our own Dr. Bill Neal has agreed to serve as our Interim Pastor to Senior Adults and Pastoral Care! These were two of the many roles that Bob Williamson filled for us for many years with such grace and competency. Now Bill is joining our staff in this interim role and has already made a huge impact.

You will see these words about him on our website:

William (Bill) Neal has enjoyed a long career in Baptist ministry, which includes campus ministry, religious journalism, the local church, and more recently, a statewide ministry for people with developmental disabilities.

He is a graduate of Columbus State University and earned his master’s and doctor’s degrees at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Bill has “retired” at least three times, but really enjoys staying busy so he has never really stopped doing some form of ministry.

He and his wife, Judy, have been members of FBC Decatur since 2004 and have been involved in many of the church’s ministries. Bill enjoys travel, reading, various hobbies, volunteer work for the church and several other organizations, and spending time with his four grandchildren.

In his pastoral care role, he has been visiting our homebound members, following up on those who have been recently hospitalized and going to our area hospitals. He is also coordinating visitation for the others of us on staff for additional shared hospital and homebound visitation.

In his role as Pastor to Senior Adults, he has already been meeting and planning with our Senior Adult and Young at Heart leadership and is helping to lay the groundwork for the coming months of work, visits, missions, ministry, trips and luncheons.

We are thrilled to welcome you to our ministry staff Bill. And we are honored to be serving with you!