I am Pastor Lorenzo T. Neal. I hail from the great State of Louisiana and am pastor of the New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, MS. I’m also a licensed pastoral counselor, music educator, amateur author, musician, and poet. My interests vary but I will write on just about any subject. I primarily write about Black Evangelical Christian issues and socio-political issues. I have no intention of doing anything other than posting my insights and opinions. I am not here to proselytize, judge, or condemn anyone or anything, but I will express my thoughts in a matter that is clear, concise and consistent. This is to be a social commentary, but if it appears otherwise, I make no apologies.
For those of you who may be concerned about my qualifications, I will give them to you. I have been in preaching ministry for over 25 years. My undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff ( GO GOLDEN LIONS) is in Music Education with a minor in English/Journalism. I attended Jackson Theological Seminary, The University of Arkansas-Little Rock in Music Composition/Theory and Rhetoric and Writing (now called Technical and Professional Writing), I’ve furthered my graduate studies at the University of Phoenix (MA.Ed) and Argosy University (Ed.D in Pastoral Community Counseling). I have advanced training in Counseling, Education and Leadership, Rhetorical Criticism, Biblical Studies, and Composition and Rhetorical Theory. I have been involved politically as a Conservative Republican and Democrat, religiously as a Evangelical Christian and charismatic pentecostal wannabe. As you can see, I am a pretty ecclectic person and diverse (you should see my movie and CD collection). I am part of several fraternal and social organizations. I am also a young, single African American male who loves God and lives by His Word and will. I think that covers it all.