About Neal

I am a gospel preacher and try to understand that my work is about people!  God has blessed me with one of the most wonderful help meets that a man could dream or pray to have.  Kathy and I have three great sons–Gary, Dale, and Carl.  We live and work in Colorado, serving with the sound, growing Bear Valley church of Christ.  We have a golden doodle named Chipper. He was born in Kansas (Oct., 2012) and is just as his name describes.

Neal–born in Oxford, Mississippi.  Son of a preacher (Gary, Sr.). Formal education: Faulkner University, Freed-Hardeman University, Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver (B.A., M.B.S.). Have preached in gospel meetings, lectureships, and seminars in 25 states and 7 foreign countries.  Direct Future Preachers Training Camp and Bear Valley Lectures each year.  Part-time instructor at BVBID, currently teaching “Preacher And His Work.” Speaker with Billy Lambert on the “Getting To Know Your Bible” TV program (DirecTV ch. 377, TCT and DirecTV ch. 376 & Dish ch. 267, CTN).

Kathy–born in San Diego, California.  Daughter of a preacher (Jim Gillaspie).  Formal education: Faulkner University, Bear Valley Bible Institute.  Frequently speaks to ladies in ladies days and lectureships (16 states and 3 foreign countries).  Directs “Higher Ground” girls encampment each year.  Instructor in women’s program at BVBID.

Gary III–born in Meridian, Mississippi (1993).  Enjoys composing songs and playing guitar and piano, guns and compound bows, preaching, playing tennis, video games, and woodworking.  Has done mission work in Tanzania, Cambodia, and Thailand.  He worked at Chic-fil-a until August, 2012, when he left to enter Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.  After a year there, he has enrolled in the Bear Valley Bible Institute. He and his brothers are in an “Indie” band called “Oh Brother.”  They’ve released two albums (find them on iTunes).

Dale–born in Richmond, Virginia (1996).  Enjoys skateboarding, riding bikes, drawing, legos, basketball, weightlifting, animals, watching and playing sports, leading singing, and preaching.  Has done mission work in Tanzania and Cambodia.  He has worked various jobs already, including dog walking, lawn care, fence building, and Chic-fil-a.

Carl–born in Mechanicsville, Virginia (1998).  Enjoys guitar, erector sets, building models, paper airplanes, riding bikes and scooters, working with his hands and home improvement projects, cooking, pocket rockets, and video games.  Has done mission work in Tanzania.  He helped save an orphaned squirrel he named Stuart in the spring of 2011.  He has already gotten work building fences and running a very successful lemonade-stand business.

19 Responses to About Neal

  1. Mark Smith says:

    Neal think the blog is great. Keep up the good work. Mark S

  2. Seana Selby Gentry says:

    What a beautiful life, what a beautiful family ! It’s so nice to your lives full of service to the Lord. May God bless you, Seana Gentry

  3. Linda Fox says:

    Are Homer and Mary Jane Kennon your in-laws?

  4. Melissa Ledbetter says:

    I am so glad I found your site!

  5. Ingrid Mock says:

    I came to your blog on facebook,remember you from Warnerschapel Church of Christ. hope you can come back some time. i am enjoying your blog.

  6. Gary Heinemann says:

    Great blog Neal. So glad to have found it. Weylan Deaver (a close friend) gave me your blog. Don’t know if you remeber me or not but I met you while visiting the Livingston church some 20 years or so ago when you were a young preacher. My wife and I were living in Dripping Springs, Texas at the time and visiting her mother who lived in York, AL. I have kept up with you through the years and all of the wonderful work you have been doing in service to the Lord. Take care and God bless you and your family always.

    • Great to hear from you, brother. Of course, I remember you. I’ve mentioned you to the Garners, Moores, Wrights, and others through the years. On the “Truth About Worship” DVD I did with Don Blackwell, we recorded the episode about preaching in the Dripping Springs building. Thank you for touching base. Let me know some time where you are living and how things are going. We have been here at Bear Valley for six years this month.

      • Gary Heinemann says:

        We are now back in Cleveland TN now . This is where my wife and I were converted and baptized back in 1984 at age 33 (I was Catholic, she was Methodist). We moved to Austin TX in 1987 and to Dripping Springs TX in 1991. We moved back to TN (Murfreesboro) in 1996 and then to Cleveland TN in 2004. All job related moves. Anyway things are going well. Hair is a little grayer than before. Good to hear from you again.

  7. Jim Word says:

    Neil, I found your site by accident while looking up preachinghelp app that someone told me about, great to keep up with all the great work you’re doing! God bless,

  8. Larry A.. Moncrief says:

    Good article on the “Preach on Brother”. Encouraging…..

  9. Mary Van Raden says:

    When will you be coming to visit the Ann Arbor Area in Michigan?

    • I had originally been on the schedule to be on the Michigan Bible Lectureship. I had to reschedule due to some unavoidable conflicts. By the time I had that resolved, brother Beals had needed to replace me. So, I may be coming in 2014 or 2015 at this point. Is that near Ann Arbor?

  10. Gregory Shea says:

    Always enjoy reading your blogs. They are so informative and have great information. Hoping to visit in April next year. Would be great to meet you.

  11. Sure thing. What is your email?

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