There’s a statement by Michael Neale on his personal website that is incredibly telling and yet wonderfully succinct: “Songs and stories. That’s how God’s been using me. That’s who I am.”
Michael is a gifted singer and songwriter, a powerful communicator, a featured leader and teacher at conferences all over the country and a best-selling author. Above all, he’s an anointed worship leader.
Michael joined Prestonwood in August of 2015 as Senior Worship Leader—leading worship at the Plano Campus and giving oversight to the entire worship staff across the three campuses.
Michael is no stranger to Prestonwood as he has led our Men’s Conference the past few years and has been a vital part of our worship team on a part-time basis the past year.
A Dove Award-winning songwriter, more than 100 of Michael’s songs are sung in churches around the world. Some of his writing credits include “Your Great Name,” “Mercy Tree” and “Gloria.” He has penned songs recorded by artists such as Michael W. Smith; Natalie Grant; Charles Billingsley; Todd Agnew; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Anthony Evans, Jr.; Shane & Shane; Lacey Sturm and others.
Michael is also the author of three books—Your Great Name, The River and its sequel Into the Canyon. The River Experience, birthed from the best-selling novel, is a highly-acclaimed live production in which Michael brings the story he penned to life with powerful storytelling and incredible visuals.
Michael comes to Prestonwood from Florida, where he most recently led worship at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens.
Michael and his wife, Leah, live in Plano with their children, Micah, Maisie and Wyatt.