Baptist Village Communities (BVC) is excited to announce Greg McNeece as the inaugural executive director for the Bill and Susan Pierce Institute for Transforming Life Expectancies (The Institute). The Institute was established to help Oklahoma Baptist churches meet the increasing needs of senior adults within the church and to minister to those outside of the church. By working with church leadership in evangelism, discipleship and ministry, The Institute will collaborate with individuals, families and volunteers to connect them to God, one another and the church.
For much of Greg’s career, his leadership has focused specifically on senior adult ministry. “BVC could not have found a better, more qualified person to lead The Institute as we expand the ministry,” said Bill Pierce, president of Baptist Village Communities.
“By 2030, senior adults in Oklahoma aged 65 or older will outnumber children younger than 18 for the first time. Because of this, it’s important to re-examine senior adult ministry,” Pierce said. “With more than two decades of experience, combined with a vision for the future of senior adult ministry in Oklahoma, Greg will bring his collaborative leadership style, his invaluable knowledge and experience to this new role.”
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, Greg continued his education at Baylor University where he earned a Master of Science in Gerontology.
Greg began his ministry career as the director of The Family Ministries for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. After his time in South Carolina, Greg and his wife, Karen, moved to Nashville where he served as the senior adult specialist for Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Greg was called west to Phoenix to serve as the president of Baptist Senior Life Ministries. He was successful in directing the organization and ministry development for senior adults in more than 400 churches and missions in the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention.
In 2000, Greg and his wife headed home to Oklahoma. He accepted the associate pastor in education and ministries position at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills, leading the religious education ministry for more than 1,300 people in weekly Bible study. He also guided the education staff responsible for a comprehensive ministry to various age groups within the church.
In 2009, Greg became the executive pastor, minister of spiritual development at Plano, Texas, Prestonwood. He excelled at leading the training and development of more than 1,000 weekly Bible study volunteers. He led the adult ministry team of more than 50 staff members and directed the coordination of staff members in spiritual development.
“Great things are on the horizon for The Institute, and we are thrilled for where Greg will take us,” Pierce said. “We look forward to this chapter and the positive impact this will have for senior adult ministry in Oklahoma.”