Kathy and I have three great sons—Gary, Dale, and Carl–and one sweet daughter-in-law–Chelsea. We live and work in Colorado, serving with the sound, growing Bear Valley church of Christ. We have 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. 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.
Kathy–born in San Diego, California. Daughter of a preacher (Jim and Joyce Gillaspie). Formal education: Faulkner University, Bear Valley Bible Institute (A.A., B.B.S.). Frequently speaks to ladies in ladies days and lectureships (23 states and 4 foreign countries). Co-founder of “Higher Ground” girls encampment each year, directing it for 7 years. Dean of Women and instructor in women’s program at BVBII, teaching two classes in that program. Author of the book, Return To Me.
Gary III–born in Meridian, Mississippi (1993). Enjoys composing songs and playing guitar and piano, guns and compound bows, preaching, 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. They have a dog named Bear. He currently serves as youth minister in Hope, Arkansas.
Dale–born in Richmond, Virginia (1996). Enjoys motorcycles, drawing, weightlifting, animals, watching and playing sports, leading singing, and preaching. He has a shelter dog named Bro. Has done mission work in Tanzania and Cambodia. He worked various jobs from fast-food to outdoor painting and roofing to radon detection before entering ministry full-time. He graduated in May, 2016. After serving as associate minister for the Forrest Park church of Christ in Valdosta, Georgia, he was hired by the Farley church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama, as their minister in the summer of 2018.
Carl–born in Mechanicsville, Virginia (1998). Enjoys guitar, basketball, weightlifting, motorcycles, 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 graduated from the Bear Valley Bible Institute in May, 2018, taking the preaching job at the Hebron church of Christ in Grant, Alabama, following that. He has two dogs, taking over the care of our Golden Doodle, Chipper, and adding to the fold with a German Shepherd named Bailee.