A native of Stratford, Connecticut, Reverend Nicholas Trotta O’Neal joined Gray’s Temple C.M.E. Church in 2014. Prior to that he spent more than a decade serving as a Pastor at churches in New York, Connecticut, Alabama and the Carolinas. He is the First President of the Palm Beach County Clergy Alliance, a member of the service-focused fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., and a leading voice for community activism in West Palm Beach. In addition to leading the congregation at Gray’s Temple C.M.E., Rev.
Rev. O’Neal serves as Chaplain for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department and teaches 8th Grade Language Arts at JFK Middle School in Riviera Beach. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama and a master’s degree in Theology from Emory University. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A. and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three children. Rev. O’Neal refers to his favorite line of scripture (Acts 20:23b-24) to describe his spiritual mission: “I count my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me in the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s Grace.”