Dr. Jerome E. McNeil, Jr., long-time pastor of Christian Chapel Temple of Faith CME Church (CCTOF) collapsed and died in the sanctuary on Sunday. Dr. McNeil had just completed his Sunday morning sermon at the 10:45 am worship service. Dr. McNeil was the pastor of CCTOF, one of the oldest African American churches in Dallas County, for 21 years. The church grew to over 6,000 members during his tenure, making it one of the largest churches in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) denomination. Dr. McNeil was 63 year-old.
He was appointed by late Governor Ann Richards to serve on the Texas Marriage and Family Licensing Board for a 3-year term. McNeil was hired as the highest-ranking African American in Dallas County in 1981 when he named Assistant Director for the Dallas County Juvenile Department. In 1983, he became the first African American Family Court Investigator and Counselor for Dallas County.
Dr. McNeil was one of the founding members of the Dallas African American Pastors Coalition, and Denominational Prayer Coordinator for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a Board member for the Phillips School of Theology of the ITC Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. McNeil served on the National Board of the One Church One School based out of Chicago, Illinois and was the Founder and Ex-Officio Officer of the Board of the Jordan Community Development Corporation of Dallas, Texas. Dr. McNeil was a nationally recognized evangelist, counselor, teacher, workshop facilitator, speaker and author, who emphasized a biblical response to the current issues facing modern families and communities through his teaching and preaching ministries.
His wife of 39 years, Billye, two daughters, a son-in-law and two granddaughters survives Dr. McNeil. Funeral arrangements are pending.