“Songs and stories. That’s how God’s been using me. That’s who I am.” – Michael Neale
Michael is the CEO and Founding Board Member of LEAD | READ | LIVE, an Arts-Empowered Literacy Foundation that is dedicated to raising the tide of student literacy across the country. THE RIVER is the flagship project for LEAD | READ | LIVE.
As a Dove Award-Winning songwriter, Michael’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf), Rebecca St. James, Anthony Evans, Jr., Todd Agnew, and Phillips, Craig and Dean, to name a few. Michael signed on as an artist and songwriter with Integrity Music in September 2014, and his 100+ songs can be heard through churches around the world.
Michael divides his time among visiting schools and organizations to promote Arts-Empowered Literacy, leading worship in churches, songwriting, and being a featured leader and teacher at conferences around the country. In between his travels, Michael serves as Lead Worship Pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, TX where he lives with his wife, Leah, and their three children, Micah, Maisie, and Wyatt.