Guest Speaker - Dr. Kirk Neely

The effect and experience of a 17-year-old South Carolinian’s visit to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1962.


Dr. Kirk Neely

Dr. Kirk Neely was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Furman University. From 1996 until 2014 he served as Senior Pastor of Morningside Baptist Church Since 2012, Dr. Neely has served as an adjunct faculty member of the Religion Department of the University of South Carolina Upstate. In 2014, his was retained by First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg as a Pastoral Counselor. He also operates a private pastoral consultation service. In addition to teaching, counseling, and consultation, Dr. Neely is a freelance writer and a storyteller.

Dr. Neely has had a life-long interest in promoting ecumenical and interfaith relationships. For eighteen years he has been a leader in the annual community Thanksgiving service as well as an ongoing interfaith dialogue within the Spartanburg faith community. He received the Master of Divinity Degree in 1970 and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling in 1973 from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky–the same seminary attended by the two ministers who inspired the founding of UUCS, Rev. John Isom and Ezell Tendall. Dr. Neely was named a Merrill Fellow at The Divinity School of Harvard University in 1980 where he did his postdoctoral study.

“Out of Africa”, (audio) Dr. Kirk Neely