Tom Neal surrendered to preach at the age of nineteen. For more than fifty years, he has fulfilled that call. He served as an associate pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia, for three years. Then the Lord led him to Lake Butler, Florida, where he served the Trinity Baptist Church for three years as the pastor. With a heart for pastors and for people, God used Dr. Neal in full-time evangelism for the next three and a half years. In November of 1980, the Lord led Dr. Neal to Orange Park, Florida, to pastor the Berean Baptist Church, where he pastored faithfully for more than thirty-three years until he retired.