gentleman. A man of honor. A man of truth. And a man with
unusual personal skills in leading people to higher levels.
This best describes our 42nd Grindstone Award winner Reverend
Born in a
tiny rural community, Safford, Alabama and one of ten children
of a separated family Leroy at the age of 17 came north to
Cleveland to live with an aunt and uncle and attend college.
After the unexpected death of his mother he returned to
Safford to get two of his sisters that were in elementary
school. At the age of 18 he rented an apartment in the same
building where he had been living with his aunt and uncle so
he could raise them and put them through high school. Later he
returned to Safford to bring to Cleveland two brothers who
were living with relatives.
years of federal service Reverend McCreary retired from NASA
Glenn Research Center as Chief, Operations Office of the
Office of Human Resources. With Glenn supporting a flexible
work-school schedule he attended and graduated from Cleveland
State University with a B.A. degree. Also, Glenn provided him
a leave of absence to accept an academic scholarship and
attend and graduate from Case Western Reserve University's
School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS) with a Master's
Degree in Social Administration. His wife, Elaine, supported
them while he attended graduate school full time. Later he
enrolled in and graduated with a Master's Degree from Ashland
Reverend McCreary was selected as Pastor of the People's
Community Church. Under his leadership he has led the church
from renting worship space in Baldwin Wallace College Chapel
to a permanent church home and from worshipping in a building
too small for the size of the congregation to a new sanctuary
constructed on the North End of Berea in 2003. Also, he is
finishing a two-year term as President of the International
Council of Community Churches, bringing honor to Berea through
his work with this national organization.
his other accomplishments include:
and current President of the North End Foundation of Berea, a
non-profit, 501c3 organization that brings free computer
training and other social and academic activities to the
citizens of Berea targeting the citizens in the north end of
elected member of the Berea Board of Education from 1979 to
1989 where he served as Berea's representative to the Polaris
Career Center Board. • A Charter and current member of the
Berea City Club, an organization which raises funds for
numerous projects in Berea.
• On the
Board of Directors of the Berea Community Development
Corporation, an organization created to expand economic
opportunity throughout Berea by planning activities to support
and create jobs and implement business and neighborhood
trustee since 1995 of the Southwest General Health System
Board and now is serving as Chairman of the Board of the
Southwest General Health Center. In this position he has
supervised numerous internal improvements to the main
hospital, the acquisition of several large units of diagnostic
and surgical equipment and also has participated on the
selection committee for the last two CEOs of the hospital.
Charter member of the Berea City School District Educational
Community Foundation, which raises funds and provides
scholarships for students from the district.
Chaplain, advisor and representative to the Berea Police
Department An avid gardener and great fisherman he resides in
Berea along with his wife Elaine of 39 years. They have two
married daughters, Tina Manning and Nicole Batson and three
a better community because of Reverend Leroy McCreary's hard
work, dedication, kindness, advice and wise counsel, and also
his unselfish commitment to making our schools, our hospital,
his church, and our town a better place to live.
Presented April 21, 2009
Crown Plaza Hotel, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
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