Our Elders

We currently have seven men who serve as elders for the congregation here. These men exercise oversight of the congregation which meets here (1 Peter 5:2) and watch over our souls (Hebrews 13:17). These men all love the Lord, His church, and those whom they seek to shepherd. We are blessed to have such men serving the Lord here.

Why do we have men called "elders" who oversee the congregation?

The Bible shows the New Testament church to be organized with each individual congregation being "overseen" by a group of men called elders (Titus 1:5), pastors (Eph 4:11) or overseers (Acts 20:28). These are all terms used for the same group of men who seek to watch over the souls of the congregation (Hebrews 13:17). This group is always seen in the plural (Titus 1:5Philippians 1:1) and they are commanded to "shepherd" the flock among them (Acts 20:281 Peter 5:2). This means that these men cannot oversee more than one congregation. They are to work with the Christians "among them" at the local congregation to watch over their souls (Hebrews 13:17). Note the preacher is not the pastor, but a group of men are to serve in that role.


Our Ministers

Neal Pollard - Evangelist

Married to the former Kathleen Gillaspie, with whom he has three sons (Gary, Dale, and Carl).  Began preaching in 1987.  Educated at Faulkner, Freed-Hardeman, and BVBID (BA, MBS).  Local work in Livingston, AL and Mechanicsville, VA, before coming to Bear Valley in July, 2006.  Serves as part-time instructor at Bear Valley Bible Institute.  Author of Rise Up And Build.  Has preached in 25 states and 7 foreign countries.  Directs Future Preachers Training Camp in Denver the 3rd week of June. Directs the Bear Valley Lectures and is editor of the lectureship book.


Brett Petrillo - Youth & Family Minister

Married to the former Julie Hertter and has (soon to be) three children.  He studied Youth & Family Ministry at Harding University before attending the Bear Valley Bible Institute and graduating with a Bachelors of Theology.  He is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Bear Valley.  He has worked as the youth & family minister since 2009 after graduating from Bear Valley.  He has worked with the Future Preachers Training Camp for over 10 years, directs the Bear Valley Youth Rally, has coordinated Denver area-wide youth activities since 2010.

Elders

Scott Balbin
Donnie Bates
Dave Chamberlin
Dean Murphy
Mike Ripperton
Maynard Woolley
Thom Vaught

Ministers

PREACHER
Neal Pollard

YOUTH/FAMILY
Brett Petrillo

SENIORS
Dick Brant

Deacons

ADMIN/FINANCE
Michael Sharp

BENEVOLENCE
Wayne Nelson

EDUCATION
David Parker
Scott Phillips

FACILITIES
Kevin Payne
Trent Woolley

FELLOWSHIP
Trent Woolley

FUTURE PREACHERS
TRAINING CAMP
Butch Plummer

HIGHER GROUND GIRL'S ENCAMPMENT
Wes Autrey

MISSIONS
Larry King

OUTREACH
Butch Plummer

WORSHIP
Stephen Compton

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Stephen Compton