Meet Dr. Timothy McNeil

License No. MH3217
(Located in our Ormond Office)

Timothy L. McNeil is the Executive Director of the Genesis Counseling Center. Tim is an ordained United Methodist Minister and was officially appointed by the Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church to this position in June of 1999. Tim served as a parish minister in the Florida Conference for fifteen years and served appointments at Hollywood Hills, Madison, Daytona Beach, and Palm Harbor.

Tim received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Florida and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Emory University. He received his clinical training at the Samaritan Center in Jacksonville and received his Doctorate in Counseling from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1992. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and was licensed as a mental health counselor (MH0003217) in the State of Florida in 1993. Tim was an adjunct faculty member at Flagler College in St. Augustine for four years and taught “Death and Dying.” He is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member at Daytona State College where he teaches continuing education courses for persons in the health care professions as well as World Religions.

A Quick Biographical Sketch


  • Married to the former Brenda Gale Peters of Jacksonville, August 22, 1975

  • Two children:  Sean Timothy McNeil (age 30) is a staff photographer with the Daytona Beach News Journal. Rebekah Elizabeth Krahe (age 26) is married and is employed at the First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida as the Associate Director of Neighborhood Ministries.

Educational Background

  • 1973 Associate in Arts, Florida Community College of Jacksonville (Formerly Florida Junior College)

  • 1975 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of North Florida

  • 1978 Master of Divinity Degree, Cum Laude, Candler School of Theology, Emory University; Full Academic Scholarship, 3rd year

  • 1992 Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

Employment/Vocational Experience

  • 1970-72 Baptist Hospital of Jacksonville - Laboratory Charting Clerk/Histology Intern

  • 1972-73 State Farm Insurance - Mailroom and Records Storage

  • 1973 General Electric Credit Corporation – Collections

  • 1974-75 Director of Visitation and Youth Ministry, Hendrick's Memorial United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Fl.

  • 1976 (Summer) General Motors of Doraville, Ga. - Assembly Line Technician

  • 1977-78 Director of Recreational Ministries, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Ga.

  • 1977-78 Intern; State Campaign and Financial Disclosure Commission; Promoted to Investigator

Pastoral Experience

Ordained Minister in the United Methodist Church since 1977 (Deacon) Elder 1980.  Appointments in the Florida Annual Conference include:  

Hollywood Hills United Methodist Church, Hollywood, Fl. (Associate Pastor 1978-81)

First United Methodist of Madison, Fl. (Senior Pastor 1981-86), a 500 member county seat congregation

First United Methodist Church of Daytona (Senior Pastor 1986-91), a 550 member downtown congregation

Palm Harbor United Methodist Church (Senior Minister 1991-1993) a 1500 member congregation in Northern Pinellas County. The congregation ranked nationally in the top 5% of United Methodist Churches in terms of size.

Management, Administrative, and Counseling

St. Johns Welfare Federation, Director of Operations (August 1993-December 1998) Management and leadership responsibilities involved: Daily oversight of two 51-bed nursing homes, daily oversight of an emergency assistance program, establishment and development of the Counseling and Mediation Center, supervision of all management level staff, nursing home administrators, directors of nursing, and CFO, oversight of an annual operating budget of $5 million dollars. Initiated and implemented Medicare certification for both nursing homes. Responsible for hiring and firing all administrative level personnel. Maintained policy and procedures and worked to maintain superior rating status with annual state inspections for both nursing homes. Responsible for annual disaster evacuation planning and implementation for both nursing homes, worked with the Executive Director to combine licenses of both homes under one license, add 18 beds through competitive certificate of need, worked with consultants, architects, engineers, bond sales, for construction and building new 120 bed replacement facility for the 51 bed homes.

Genesis Counseling Center (Executive Director June 1999 – present)
A satellite office of the Counseling and Mediation Center opened in January 1995 and evolved into a full time position in Ormond Beach, Florida. My passion for doing counseling and the growth of this satellite office provided a natural transition that enabled me to focus full time in this area of care. The Genesis Counseling Center was birthed as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 on June 1, 1999. 

The mission of the Genesis Counseling Center is to provide quality pastoral care and counseling as an extension of the work of churches, centers of faith, as well as the Greater Halifax community at large. With this clear basis of focus and support in partnership with the work of local faith communities, the Genesis Counseling Center is also committed to meet the needs and demands of the secular community which may seek the support, outreach, and insight of a faith-based counseling center. The Genesis Counseling Center strives to honor the values and the richness of the Judeo-Christian traditions without compromise by affirming the worth of persons created in the image of God, binding the wounds of human brokenness, and creating an environment for spiritual and emotional healing to occur.

  • From January 2002 to April 2005 consultant to the First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach for staffing, supervision, and leadership development

  • August 2005 – June 2006 similar consulting arrangement established with the Palm Coast United Methodist Church for staffing, supervision, leadership development, purpose and vision development

  • September 2007 opened two satellites offices in the neighboring communities of Deland and Deltona staffed by counseling interns

Publications. Memberships, and Licensure

  • Certified Instructor, L.E.A.D. Consultants, 1982

  • Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, October 1991

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, (MH0003217) State of Florida, January 1994

  • Adjunct Faculty, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida 1995-98, taught Death and Dying in the Department of Sociology/Gerontology

  • Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, October 1998

  • Circuit Rider, United Methodist Publishing House, June 1989, "Is The New Age the Old Age? " New Age teaching tends to replicate ancient Gnostic heresies. However, the popularity of New Age teaching may be indicative of how mainline Christianity is missing the opportunity to scratch the spiritual itch in contemporary culture.

  • A Kohutian Construct for Understanding a Congregation, Doctor of Ministry Project, 319 pages, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, May 31, 1992

  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Sunday Edition, February 21, 2001, A Tribute to Dale Earnhardt, The Man in Black, “We Loved Dale Earnhardt Because He Drove For Us All” Archived at:

  • Palm Coast Magazine – Summer Edition 2002, “Parenting In Tough Times,” Flagler County publication printed quarterly.

  • Palm Coast Magazine – Spring Edition 2003, “As The Wedding Approaches – The Dance of Compatibility”

  • Numerous Guest Appearances on WCEU, local cable public broadcasting station from Daytona Beach College, video available on request

  • Daytona Beach News-Journal, Sunday edition June 17, 2007, “A Call to the Nation: Voices Without Violence.” A call to make Father’s Day a national day of non-violence

  • Daytona Beach News-Journal, “Have We Become Comfortably Numb?” Voices Without Violence – The Lakeland Video Violence, First printed April 17, 2007 archived at HBO

  • Workshop Presenter, 28th Annual Charles Gerkin Institute of Pastoral Care, “Caring in a Violent World,” Candler School of Theology, Emory University, October 2007

  • 1st Annual Meeting of the Society for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, June 25th-27th, 2008, Duke University, poster presentation

  • “No DSM IV Diagnosis for Poor White Trash and Southern Cultural Schizophrenia,” Journeys Magazine, Winter-Spring 2009

  • Numerous workshops, teaching events, consulting with clergy, district workshops, hospitals, private businesses, etc.