McNeal seeking Ward 3 council seat

According to an email to The Chronicle last Thursday, Karen Eddie “K.E.” McNeal is now seeking Swainsboro City Council’s Ward 3 seat.

“After praying about it and talking with my family, I have decided to announce my candidacy for Swainsboro City Council, District 3,” he wrote. “I am running because I am a Christian who wants to see great, positive changes in District 3 and in our city. I am willing to serve, work, and listen to all people in District 3. There is a need for new vision, new faces, and a fresh voice. I look forward to the opportunity to build and maintain relationships, support increased communication from the city council to the community and promote unity in the community. My vision is for improved economic development, wage equality, lower taxes, crime rate reduction, and diversity in our community.”

Through the years, McNeal has earned degrees from four different institutions. He has an associate degree from Brewton-Parker College; a bachelor’s in Christian psychology, a master’s in Christian education, and a Ph.D. (Religious Doctor of Philosophy) in Christian counseling from Jacksonville Theological Seminary; as well as a doctorate in administration from Lake Charles College. Additionally, the Youngblood Street resident has completed two units of clinical pastoral education through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy in Atlanta.

McNeal has worked as a counselor in the past and is the regional bereavement coordinator for PruittHealth Hospice – Swainsboro today. He also has a history of servitude through various boards and organizations.

“I am a licensed clinical pastoral counselor and certified temperament counselor by the National Christian Counseling Association. Currently, I am a member of Swainsboro’s Department of Family and Children Services board; I’ve held the offices of chairman and vice chairman,” McNeal said. He continued, “I am also a former board member for the Department of Family and Children Services’s Region 12, I serve as a selective service board member for Region 2, I’m a member of the Emanuel County Ministerial Association, and I’m a past board member of Ogeechee Behavioral Health Services in Swainsboro.”

A “Christian man of integrity, honesty, and dependability,” he has been married to his wife, Carolyn Oglesby McNeal, for the past 35 years. Together, the McNeals have two adult children and four grandchildren. In 2000, McNeal became the senior pastor of Happy Home Missionary Baptist Church. Before that, he pastored at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (MBC) and Johnson Chapel MBC in Garfield. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and walking.

Should you have questions about his campaign, you can contact McNeal at

Johnny Ray Stafford currently fills the Ward 3 seat for Swainsboro City Council and has done so since 1997.

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