Ministry Associate for Youth & Familiesoffice: (772) 469-2316
Having grown up in Miami, and then spending the last several years in the Tampa Bay area, Neal Watkins arrived in Vero Beach in June 2008 with enthusiasm for youth ministry and eagerness to get to know the Vero community. Neal's passion for youth is centered around the idea that all youth need - and DESERVE - a community to belong to that will accept, love, and challenge them without any prerequisites or exceptions. "Much more than ever, youth today are being pressured and judged in ways that we tend to forget as we grow older. It is vital that we provide not only positive leadership, but a safe and welcoming environment too."
Having received his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida, Neal brings 7 years of youth ministry experience to Vero Beach. In addition to serving in the local church capacity, Neal has also served as the Summer Camp and Retreat Coordinator for the Florida Conference United Church of Christ. This has allowed him the opportunity to work with large numbers of youth throughout the state. In recent years, Neal has also worked as the Vice President of Program Development for TeenLife Associates leading and directing Youth Leadership Conferences all over the country including two annual conferences at PepsiCo International Headquarters in White Plains, NY.