Rev. Neal Goldsborough joined Emmanuel as interim rector in June of 2018. Neal has been in ordained parish ministry for thirty-six years, and served thirty of those years as rector of diverse congregations-- from yoked, small, family-sized churches to a large downtown corporate-sized church, in rural, suburban, urban, and small-town settings. A retired chaplain (Captain) in the Navy Reserve, Neal served as a field tent hospital chaplain in Kuwait from Jan.-Nov. 2005 in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also recalled to active duty and served in the recovery operations at the Pentagon from September 12-25, 2001.
In Virginia, Neal was rector of Immanuel, Old Church and St. David’s, Aylett (1981-1984) and was Assistant Rector of Pohick Church, in Lorton from 1984-1991 before becoming Rector of St. Luke’s in Alexandria from 1991-2001.
Neal left St. Luke’s to become rector of St. John’s in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he served until 2008 when he was called to be rector of Christ Church, Pensacola, Florida. In December 2015 (after being retired for two weeks!) he accepted a call to be Interim Rector for fourteen months at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville. Rev. Goldsborough finally retired from full-time ministry in February 2017 but was called in June of last year to serve as part-time Associate for Pastoral Care at Christ Church, Charlottesville.
His book, “Where is God Amidst the Bombs: A Priest’s Reflections from the Combat Zone” was published by Forward Movement in 2008. It became available as an e-book in 2012.
Neal and his wife Carol have been married forty-three years. They have a son, Cliff, and a wonderful daughter in law, Brittany, who live in Richmond.
Neal's hobbies include reading (mostly non-fiction, history, and biography), fly fishing, travel, opera, and riding his Harley-Davidson.