Pastor Neely is grateful to God for what Christ is doing in and through Judson Baptist Church. God has interwoven Pastor Neely's background to uniquely equip him to serve as JBC's senior pastor. He served as a missionary in Senegal, West Africa, as well as a pastor and church planter of a number of Chicagoland churches. Pastor Neely holds a B.A. from Trinity College, M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School, D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Old Testament.
Pastor Neely is a professor of hermeneutics, preaching, and pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute and authored the book, How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation. Pastor Neely speaks, preaches, conducts workshops and training events at universities, churches, and conferences both in the United States and around the world.
He and his wife Stephne have been happily married for over 40 years are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of nine grandchildren.