Watch The 2016 Lecture Series


The videos below are from our 2016 Lecture Series, Righteousness Exalts a Nation. Please share the link with friends. On Wednesday night we hosted a question and answer forum with Eric Owens, Wayne Jones, and Mike Vestal. We had several questions submitted and were not able to answer all of them. We will be answering those queries through our regular services. We have left the question form active in case others want to submit questions to be answered. You can submit a question by clicking here.

2016 Lectureship

In a world dominated by chaos, immorality, and hate, many people wonder if humanity is on the brink of destruction. Certainly we acknowledge sometimes these and other forces appear to be in control and their power seems insurmountable. But, there is hope, and it lies in a plan as old as time itself. Solomon revealed it in Proverbs 14:34, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." Join us beginning October 9 as we explore God's answers to man's problems.


Sunday, October 9

9:30 am A Time to Listen (Jeremy Pate)

10:30 am Self-Righteous in a Selfie World (Todd Crayton)

6:00 pm Jesus: More Than a Conqueror (Todd Crayton)

7:00 pm A Time to Fight (Jeremy Pate)


Monday, October 10

11:00 am Ladies’ Breakout Class (lunch) Satisfying the Need of a Nation (Kathy Pollard)

5:15 pm Women's Study Righteous Women in a Fallen Nation (Kathy Pollard)

6:00 pm Rules of Engagement (Jeremy Pate)

7:00 pm If God has Spoken, Then What? (Eric Owens)

8:00 pm Three Truths We Need To Remember From Jude (Neal Pollard)


Tuesday, October 11

11:00 am Seniors’ Breakout Class (lunch)

5:15 pm Youth, College, Youth Workers Practical Holiness: Dating and the Divine (Wayne Jones)

6:00 pm The Value of His Values (Eric Owens)

7:00 pm From Seeming Ruin to Real Restoration (Mike Vestal) 

8:00 pm Take Time to be Holy (Neal Pollard)


Wednesday, October 12

11:00 am Men’s Breakout Class (lunch)

5:00 pm Discussion Panel (Wayne Jones, Eric Owens, Mike Vestal)

6:00 pm Living in Circles (Wayne Jones)

7:00 pm The Last Word (Mike Vestal)

8:00 pm Christianity Isn’t for the Faint of Heart (Eric Owens)


  • Lunch provided for the breakout classes on Monday thru Wednesday. 
  • Child care is also provided for each lesson. 
  • Special Discussion Panel to answer your questions. (See below for more information on the Panel.)
  • All lessons will be streamed live here.

Our SPeakers

  • Todd Crayton

    Todd Crayton is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the Memphis School of Preaching (2004) and holds a B.S. from East Carolina University (2000). He and his wife, Rose, have two sons, Micah (17) and Noah (14). Since 2009, Todd has served as the minister for the Church of Christ in Frisco, TX. Todd has worked with GBN on several projects.




  • Wayne Jones

    Wayne Jones graduated from the Memphis School of Preaching (1996) and has been preaching full-time since he was 19 years old. He earned his B.A. and M.S. from Amridge University. He has worked with churches in Luxora, AR, Newbern, TN, and Southaven, MS. Since 2007, Wayne has preached for the University Church of Christ in San Marcos, TX.




  • Eric Owens

    Eric Owens served in the USMC, and graduated from the Memphis School of Preaching (1994). He earned his B.S. from Amridge University (2001). He and his wife, Vanessa, have three children and one grandson. Eric currently works with the Avondale Church of Christ in Decatur, GA. He is the author of three books: So You Want to be Happy?, So You Want to Be Happy?—Teens, and “Do You Take God?” Committing to God’s Design for Marriage.



  • Jeremy Pate

    Jeremy Pate earned his B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Illustration from Middle Tennessee State University (1997), and his M.M. from Freed-Hardeman University (2001). Jeremy has served in youth ministry in TX, AL, and now in Buford, GA. He has also done freelance writing, design, and illustration for Apologetics Press, Focus Press, and Lambert Book House.




  • Kathy Pollard

    Kathy Pollard is a graduate of Faulkner University. She labors with her husband, Neal, for the Bear Valley Church of Christ in Denver, CO. Kathy is the Dean of Women at the Bear Valley Bible Institute and serves as an instructor in the Women’s Program. She is the author of the book, Return to Me: What to Do When Loved Ones Fall Away, she contributes the “Bible Marking” feature at comefillyourcup.com, and writes for her own blog, life-and-favor.com.



  • Neal Pollard

    Neal Pollard was born in Oxford, MS and born again in Cairo, GA, in 1979. He was educated at Faulkner University, Freed-Hardeman University, and Bear Valley Bible Institute International (A.A., B.A., M.B.S.). He is married to the former Kathy Gillaspie. They have worked in AL, VA, and he has been the pulpit minister at Bear Valley Church of Christ, Denver, CO since 2006. He directs the Annual Bear Valley Lectures, the Denver Future Preachers Training Camp, and instructs in the Bear Valley Bible Institute. He is a speaker on Getting to Know Your Bible with Billy Lambert, Ken Forrest, and David Shannon.

  • Mike Vestal

    Mike Vestal preaches for the Westside Church of Christ in Midland, TX, where he has labored since 2000. He earned his B.A. from Freed-Hardeman University (1982), where he met and married Cherie (Workman). They are blessed with 2 children, David and Caren. Mike preached his first sermon at 14, and has preached in 30 states and in 4 foreign countries.