Rev. Neal R. Sadler, D. Min.Rev. Sadler is a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, the fourth generation to belong to the UCC and its predecessor traditions.He
was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, attending St. John's UCC in downtown Fort Wayne.Having a strong aptitude in math, he studied actuarial science at the University of Michigan (oops) in Ann Arbor.He
continued his studies at the University of Michigan (oops again) earning a Masters in Business Administration.
With the encouragement of his
wife Carolyn, Neal
left the actuarial field after a short time, and answered his
call to the pastoral ministry.After receiving his Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the Boston area, Neal returned to Indiana to begin full-time ministry.He
served churches in Seymour, Indianapolis and Kokomo.Since 1998 he has served as Senior Pastor of St. Matthew UCC in Wheaton, Illinois, an active, growing congregation in the Western Suburbs of Chicago.Neal completed a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Seminary in the area of Storytelling and Preaching.He
occasionally creates sermons to reveal biblical truth in story form.Rev. Sadler
strives for a ministry that makes a difference in people's lives and in the world.At the center of that ministry is worship that touches the hearts of people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.He
seeks to unite the congregation as a caring community of faith that welcomes all to join in the journey.Neal
has a special interest in mission, both local and global.In addition to a yearly trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, he
has led ten mission trips to Central America and Mexico while at St. Matthew
Neal's ministry has always stretched beyond the local church.He has taken a leadership role in the ecumenical community, served on committees and boards related to the United Church of Christ, and enjoyed a hands-on approach to area missions.Rev. Sadler
was attracted to Medina UCC by the in-depth initiative, leadership, and involvement by lay members; the strong bonds of community within the congregation; the long, faithful ministry to the Medina community; and an opportunity for ministry outreach into an expanding metropolitan community.He
looks forward to getting to know its members and friends.His
prayer is that together we seek God's guidance in building discipleship and evangelism ministries that challenge the congregation to become the people God calls us to be.
Neal's wife Carolyn works as an actuary in the field of health care for a national consulting firm.They have two children.Their son Nathan works as a computer engineer in California.Their daughter Debby is a junior at Eckerd College
in St. Petersburg, Florida.Neal
enjoys bicycling (he and Carolyn recently bought a tandem), traveling, and learning about the people and cultures of the world.