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Trustee

Bill Neely

Board Vice Chair
M.Div. Meadville Lombard (2006)

“Meadville Lombard will center your development as a faith leader in a nurturing, transforming, and invigorating Unitarian Universalist community that will support you in all that you do.”

Rev. Bill Neely received his M. Div. in 2006 from Meadville Lombard. He served congregations near Memphis and in Detroit before beginning his current ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (NJ) in 2011. Bill also serves on the Boards of the Southeastern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute and the Religious Ministries Program of the Princeton Healthcare System. He is the immediate Past-President of the Meadville Lombard Alumni/ae Association. 

Bill lives in Hamilton, NJ, with his wife Shannon, children Rachel (8), John (5), and Sara (4,) and cats, Magnolia and Della. He enjoys theatre, sports, writing, and spends most of his free time trying to keep up with his kids.

What is your message to a prospective student?

“Meadville Lombard will center your development as a faith leader in a nurturing, transforming, and invigorating Unitarian Universalist community that will support you in all that you do. You’ll learn from brilliant and dedicated professors, alongside creative and passionate students, who will help you imagine new possibilities for Unitarian Universalism and what you have to offer the world.”

What is meaningful to you in your work for MLTS?

“Serving on the Meadville Lombard Board allows me to give back to the institution that played the largest role in my ministerial formation. In this way, being on the Board is an expression of my gratitude to everyone in the MLTS community, past and present. It also allows me to stay in contact with and learn from today’s administrators, students, and professors, whose vision and talents are effectively innovating theological education in a changing world.”