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 and a Westipoo named Oliver.

Neal–born in Oxford, Mississippi.  Son of a preacher (Gary, Sr., and Brenda). Formal education: Faulkner University, Freed-Hardeman University, Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver (B.A., M.B.S.). Has preached in gospel meetings, lectureships, and seminars in 26 states and 9 foreign countries.  Directs Future Preachers Training Camp and Bear Valley Lectures each year.  Part-time instructor at BVBII, currently teaching “Preacher And His Work” and “Homiletics-I.” 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). Author of the book, Rise Up And Build (http://www.publishingdesigns.com).

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 (21 states and 4 foreign countries).  Directs “Higher Ground” girls encampment each year.  Dean of Women and instructor in women’s program at BVBII, teaching two classes in that program.  Author of the book, Return To Me, released in 2015 (Return To Me by Kathy Pollard)

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 (where he graduated in 2016). He and his brothers are in an “Indie” band called “Oh Brother.”  They’ve released two albums (find them on iTunes). He married Chelsea Threlfall on January 1, 2016. He currently serves as youth minister in Hope, Arkansas.

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,  McDonalds, and for over a year with Persnickety Painting.  He graduated in May, 2014, from high school and began school at Bear Valley Bible Institute in August, 2014. He preached regularly for the San Luis church of Christ in Alamosa, CO, while a student. He also spent a summer as a youth intern at the South Anchorage (Alaska) church of Christ. He graduated in May, 2016. He currently serves as associate minister for the Forrest Park church of Christ in Valdosta, Georgia.

Carl–born in Mechanicsville, Virginia (1998).  Enjoys guitar, basketball, weightlifting, collecting knives, working with his hands and home improvement projects, cooking, singing with Oh Brother, his family, his truck, and mission work.  Has done mission work in Tanzania and Cambodia.   His first job was building fences and he  worked through his Senior Year at Planet Fitness. He is currently a student at Bear Valley Bible Institute and hopes to graduate in May, 2018.



35 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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  9. browncook

    Good day brother,
    I’m enjoying your blog very much. This particular one reminds me of the preachers; past and present who help me so much as I grow in the faith. Your family being very prominant in that. May God continue to bless you and family as you labor in His kingdom.
    Geraldine Cook

  10. Geraldine Cook

    Good day brother,
    I’m enjoying your blog as well as watching you and Brother Billy on Getting to Know Your Bible. Brother Lambert reminds me of Brother B. G. Langston in his demeanor and presentation of the simple truth of the gospel. I look forward to the program every evening, Monday thru Friday. May God continue to bless you and your good family as you labor in His kingdom.

  11. Neal,
    Thank you so much for your sound “Book, Chapter and Verse” teaching from God’s Holy Word…! I have a habit of forwarding your thoughts to family and friends at every opportunity. Keep up the Good work of exposing all of us to sound and faithful New Testament doctrine…. Just wondering, have you ever participated in Westhill’s (Corsicana) summer series?

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