As Chair of the Associate Pastor Search Committee, it is my great pleasure to introduce you Rev. Bart McNiel and his family.
Bart is currently the Senior Pastor at Azalea Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. Since his arrival in 2013, he has served in a variety of different leadership positions, including service on the Executive Board and Finance Committee of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. In his current role, Bart has breathed new life into an aging congregation, emphasizing the importance of connecting the church and the community. A gifted teacher, preacher, and caregiver, Bart is a minister committed to excellence.
Before entering ministry, Bart McNiel served for twelve years in a successful legal firm. While practicing law, Bart served as a lay teacher and preacher for more than 20 years. Bart served as a pastoral intern under Dr. George at FBC Mobile prior to accepting a position at Azalea Baptist Church.
Bart’s professional and academic preparation for his ministry career includes a B.A., cum laude, in Religion and Psychology from University of Mobile; an M.A., summa cum laude, in Biblical Studies from Florida State University; and a Juris Doctor from FSU College of Law where he served as Executive Editor of Law Review and graduated with honors. Bart has completed his course work for his D. Min. degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and expects to graduate in 2017. Dr. Molly Marshall, President of Central, said of Bart: “He is wonderfully gifted in many areas…he loves church, loves to care for people…combines intelligence with pastoral care…”
Bart has been married to Stacey McNiel for 22 years. Bart and Stacey have two children, Mattie, age 8 and Evie, age 5. Stacey has served on the faculty of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, teaching mathematics. She is a gifted musician and enjoys singing in the choir.
Associate Pastor Search Committee Chair