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.  Author of a new book, Return To Me (https://secure.fortifyyourfaith.org/return-to-me).

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, Chic-fil-a, and McDonalds.  He graduated in May, 2014, from high school and began school at Bear Valley Bible Institute in August, 2014.

Carl–born in Mechanicsville, Virginia (1998).  Enjoys guitar, basketball, collecting knives, working with his hands and home improvement projects, cooking, singing with Oh Brother, his family, and mission work.  Has done mission work in Tanzania and Cambodia.   He has already gotten work building fences and running a very successful lemonade-stand business. He began his first official job, at McDonalds, in the summer of 2014.

24 thoughts on “About Neal

  1. Seana Selby Gentry

    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

      1. m.vijayakumar

        Dear brother I want start training men word of God around our community in Bangalore. Will you will help to have your branch office

    1. Jan Dover

      The Kennon’s are related to Bill Stewart, who works for the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. Mary Jane is Bill’s sister.

  2. Ingrid Mock

    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.

  3. Gary Heinemann

    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.

    1. 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.

      1. Gary Heinemann

        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.

  4. Jim Word

    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,

    1. 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?

  5. Gregory Shea

    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.

  6. Gary Heinemann

    Weylan Deaver posted a sermon I did on The Providence of God and Human Suffering in Biblical Notes a few months ago. I know you are very busy but if you get a chance please listen to it. I would appreciate your feedback on it. Thanks

  7. Mike

    Any relation to Frank Pollard? He was my family’s pastor when I was first old enough to interact with adults, back in the late 1960’s…

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