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 1:5, Philippians 1:1) and they are commanded to "shepherd" the flock among them (Acts 20:28, 1 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.
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 three children (Ashlyn, Easton, & Brelyn). He studied Youth & Family Ministry at Harding University before attending the Bear Valley Bible Institute and graduating with a Bachelors of Theology and later with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. He has worked as the youth & family minister since 2009. He has worked with the Future Preachers Training Camp as a camper, counselor, and most recently as the assistant director. He regularly speaks and attends other area summer camps (Kamp Koinonia and Wyoming Family Bible Camp) .
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