Reverend Dorothy White O’Neal
Reverend Dorothy O’Neal is the wife of Melvin O’Neal and they are the parents of three daughters and one son. They are the loving grandparents of five grandchildren.
They live in Clayton, North Carolina.
Rev. O’Neal’s ministerial experience and charge is from John 21:15-17: Feed My Sheep. Her ministry began at Lee’s Crossroad Missionary Baptist Church, Wendell, North Carolina where she was the first woman to be licensed as a minister. There she served as youth minister and associate pastor under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Gaddis Barnes and Rev. Rickie Johnson. Rev. O’Neal was ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry May 2002. Rev. Dr. Joseph Rogers served as Moderator of the Ordaining Council of Johnston District Missionary Baptist Association.
Rev. O’Neal received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Counseling. She is a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is one of the first Certified Peer Support Specialists in North Carolina.
Rev. O’Neal serves as the planting pastor of Feed His Sheep Church in Clayton, North Carolina where we serve, teach, and preach a risen Savior building the Kingdom of God on earth.
It is her testimony that even in the greatest of personal failure, if we believe; God’s love and mercy will restore us and reconcile us to Him. Reverend O’Neal says, “My life is not without challenges, however, ‘He has not given me a spirit of fear, but love and power and a sound mind’
To the Glory of God she founded Feed His Sheep Ministries, Inc. in 2000. Some of the early services provided by this ministry were helping families in need with crisis funds and college scholarships. It was the first consumer organization to offer a statewide dual diagnosis conference in this state. Since 2000, Feed His Sheep hosts the annual Vision of Hope Award that recognizes the service of consumer, religious, civic and community leaders. It provided peer support through Possibilities Unlimited in Smithfield, North Carolina. She developed and directed Stellar Peer Recovery Center, an award winning recovery and drop-in program for individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges supporting successful lifestyles and community involvement. Both programs were funded through the Johnston County Area Mental Health Center and the support of community organizations and concerned individuals.
Rev. O’Neal’s advocacy on behalf of individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges led her across the state and nation conducting recovery self-help training, workshops, and conferences to consumers, professionals, family members, and community volunteers. She served as Board President and Director of the North Carolina Mental Health Consumers’ Organization. She has worked in collaboration with the NC Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, and the North Carolina Legislature on behalf of individuals needing quality treatment while seeking to live stigma free in the community. Rev. O’Neal has received several awards for her service on behalf of others.
Reverend O’Neal is a Christian who loves the Lord and has a passion for service to his people.