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We're glad you've take the time to visit our website!  We want to make our school known to you.  Since 1944, Manna Bible Institute has served the city of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley by providing sound, evangelical Bible training to hundreds of men and women who are serving Christ in their local churches and in ministries throughout the greater Philadelphia area and around the world.  Many pastors, ministers, Bible teachers, missionaries, evangelists, and workers in many Christian organizations have graduated from Manna and taken their places in the life and ministry of the Church.  Servants of Christ are trained here!

Manna is a non-denominational, multi-racial evening school with classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings taught by a well-qualified faculty of dedicated teachers.  The school's main campus is located at 2309-13 N. Broad Street (between York & Dauphin Sts.) two blocks from Temple University's campus.  Manna also operates five extension campuses (one in Chester, PA and in New Jersey in West Atco, Glassboro, Mount Holly, and Willingboro.  Information concerning each campus is provided on this website. 

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Manna's School Verse

"Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts."

Jeremiah 15:16

See Photos of the 66th annual Commencement of Manna Bible Institute
on the Photos page of the website.

Rev. Dr. Charles L. McNeil, Sr.

​You are cordially invited to attend Dr. McNeil's Installation Service as the 8th President
 of  Manna Bible Institute on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 12 Noon on the school's
 Main Campus (2309 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA).

Further details concerning the convocation and luncheon will be forthcoming shortly.  

Dr. Charles L. McNeil
President, Manna Bible Institute

Introducing Manna's President
Rev. Dr. Charles L. McNeil, Sr.

Dr. Charles L. McNeil, Sr. was elected unanimously as the 8th President of Manna Bible Institute at the Institute's annual corporation meeting on Saturday, November 15th.  Dr. McNeil brings a wealth of experience and skills to the work he assumes as the school's chief administrator.

Our new president brings over thirty years of church and academic leadership to Manna's educational ministries.  Dr. McNeil has been the pastor of Transfiguration Baptist Church in West Philadelphia since November, 2010.  Previously Dr. McNeil and his family worshipped and served at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in South Philadelphia. 
Dr. McNeil served previously as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and director of several church ministries.  He serves presently on the board of directors of New Life Youth and Family Services in Harleysville, Pennsylvania: the Black American Legacy League in Philadelphia: and the Youth Leadership Development Programs, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. 

He is a member of Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and The Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity. He supports the Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, the Faith-Based Coalition of the School District of Philadelphia, and serves as an executive board member of NewCORE (A New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity).

Dr. McNeil has ministered to thousands of people through his ministries. In 1990, he founded Brothers United Basketball Fellowship (BUBF) and is currently developing a mentoring program for African-American boys. In 2004, he was recognized as “Father of the Year,” by the Fathers’ Day Rally Committee and is currently collaborating on a book focused on black church history. He has also been featured on the “This I Believe” radio series of WHYY Radio and has contributed to numerous newspaper articles concerning the survival of black churches located in neighborhoods experiencing gentrification. Watch him share his views on the following: Youth Ministry; the Importance of Male Role Models; Cross-Cultural Relations; Faith and Sacrifice; and Gentrification.

Dr. McNeil also serves as Executive Director for Church Partnerships and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University and teaches in Eastern's School of Christian Ministries (ESCM). He has earned both a Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity Degree from Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania; and an Associates of Arts Degree in Specialized Technology from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Since June 1994, Dr. McNeil has been married to Angela (Senior) and God has blessed them with three lovely children: 15 year-old, Ayanna: 13 year-old, Charles, Jr.: and 7 year-old, Malaika. He draws his inspiration for ministry from the continual struggles of his people, a love for his family, and a desire to please God.

We welcome Dr. McNeil and his family to our school community and our earnest prayer is that the Lord will use our new president mightily in the work to which He has called him as our school's eighth president.  To God be the glory, great things He has done!