Reverend Leroy McCreary, Pastor
Since 1975, pastor McCreary has served as pastor of the Peopleís
Community Church of Berea, OH. In this capacity, he has provided
outstanding leadership and direction to the congregation in identifying,
purchasing, and establishing a permanent home on the North End of
Berea. In 2003, pastor McCreary led the church in constructing a new
sanctuary and adjoining it to the church's existing sanctuary. A few
years later he led the church in purchasing an administrative
building and the Reverend Leroy and Elaine McCreary Youth Center
both of which are located and connected on the west side of the
church's property. In 2014, he led the congregation in securing
housing on the north side of the church's property for a Katrina
family that the church assisted in relocating here after the storm.
Additionally, under his leadership the congregation steadily increased
in membership and in its involvement and participation in the
International Council of Community Churches in which the church holds
membership. For many years pastor McCreary has held a number of
leadership positions. He completed a two-year term as president of the International
Council of Community Churches.
On September 30, 2002, pastor McCreary retired from the NASA John Glenn
Research Center. He retired from the position of Chief, Operations Office of
the Office of Human Resources after 37 years of Federal Service.
He has and continues to be active in the Berea community. From 1979
to 1989, he was an elected member of the Berea Board of Education.
Also, he is presently a board member of the Education Foundation of
the Berea City School District where he has served for 15 years.
From 1995 to June 2013, he served on leadership boards of the
Southwest Community Health System. From 2007 to June 2013, he served
as chairman of the Southwest Health Center Board, and prior to that
he served as vice-chair of the Southwest Community Health System.
Also, he is presently serving on the board of Ohio Guidestone.
Also, Pastor McCreary is Board chair and president of the North End
Foundation of Berea. He has served in this position for more than a
decade. In this capacity he has provided leadership to the board in
securing an increasing number of summer jobs for Berea/Midpark
students throughout the Berea City School District. Also, he is a
2009 City of Berea Grindstone recipient.
Under the city administrations of Mayor Stan Trupo and Mayor Joe
Biddlecombe he served as Chaplain to the Berea Police Department. He
continues to work closely with the Berea Police Chief in
establishing strong community relations.
Pastor McCreary holds a Bachelorís Degree from Cleveland State
University, a Masters from Case Western Reserve University, and a
Masters from Ashland Theological Seminary.
He resides in Berea, and is married to Elaine McCreary.
They have two daughters, Tina Manning (her two sons Amari and Malik) who
reside in Cincinnati, and daughter Nicole
Batson who resides in Berea, OH with her daughter, Ava Pearl.
Rev. Leroy McCreary - 2009 Grindstone Award Recipient
Presented by the Berea Chamber of Commerce
to share the wonderful occasion in pictures.
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MAILING ADDRESS: 628 WESLEY DRIVE,
BEREA, OH 44017