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Dr. Neil Gant, Pastor

Dr. Neil Gant was called as Pastor of Clear Springs in November 2012. He and his family started full time ministry with the church in March of 2013. Neil is originally from Memphis, TN, but lived most of his now 57 years in Mississippi. In 1981, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, MS. While attending BMC, he met his future wife, Lea, and they were married on May 16, 1981. They have been blessed with one daughter, Anna, who is a student at Regent University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English. He also attended Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis and received a Master of Divinity in 1987 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1993.

Dr. Gant was ordained by the Palmer Baptist Church in Ripley, MS, and began his first pastorate at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Hickory Flat, MS, in May of 1981. He served Pine Grove for eleven years. After a move to Vardaman, MS, and an interim pastorate at Midway Baptist Church, Dr. Gant became pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Gore Springs, MS, in March 1994. This pastorate was unique because he served the church as a bi-vocational minister and worked in Information Technology at a local hospital – Trace Regional in Houston, MS. He served Pleasant Grove for nineteen years.

Dr. Gant also served as Adjunct Faculty for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at the North Mississippi Extension Center at Blue Mountain College from 2008 to 2013. He currently serves as Adjunct Online Faculty for Grand Canyon University in the College of Theology.

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Allen Leath, Minister of Music
 

    Allen Leath came to be the Minister of Music in June, 2012.  Allen’s musical background runs back to his childhood when he learned to first play the guitar at the age of 7.  Coming from a musical family who played and sang in church, it was only natural that he would follow the family footsteps.

    As Allen grew through his teenage years, so did his love for music.  He began to play the piano at age 12 and was heavily influenced stylistically by the likes of Floyd Cramer and Anthony Burger.  As he grew into adulthood, though, Allen felt the call to go beyond the comfort zone of his church, and turned the music into a ministry that he began to share with other churches and events throughout the region.  After several years of local to regional ministry, God began to open doors for Allen to travel nationwide and share the message of The Gospel through his singing.

    In 2003, Allen formed a quartet known as Cross 4 Crowns, and for the next 10 years, they would be blessed to share the love of Christ with such gospel music legends as The Kingdom Heirs, The Easters, Triumphant, Ivan Parker, and many others.  As God ended that season of Allen’s life, he opened another door to serve here at Clear Springs Baptist Church.  He explains it like this; “The last thing I ever imagined doing musically was directing a music program of a church.  God had other plans, though, and I can’t explain the joy that He has brought to me by simply being obediant.  I absolutely love the people here, and I’ve always believed that if music isn’t annointed with The Lord’s Spirit, it’s just music…nothing more, nothing less.”  Clear Springs incorporates a variety of different styles of music during the services.  Everything from traditional hymns to southern gospel and bluegrass, as well as the newer styles of worship songs.
   
     Allen is a Mascot boy since birth.  He still lives here in the community with his wife of 30 years, Tabatha.  Together, they have 2 grown children and 2 grand children.  Currently attending Liberty University, Allen is still broadening his biblical education to better serve the Kingdom of God.
 
Mission/Vision
 

To be sustained by the Grace of God – 2 Timothy 2:1

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

To be empowered by the Spirit of God – Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

To be directed by the Word of God – 1 Thessalonians 2:13

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

To be used for the Glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

WORSHIP IS –

To be focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, to be filled with praise to the LORD, to be a time of giving of ourselves to the LORD, and to be a time that is pleasing to the LORD

MESSAGE –

The proclamation is committed to the Scripture as the Word of God.The proclamation involves understanding the meaning of the Scripture (exegesis) and the explanation and application of the Scripture (exposition) to life.The proclamation is directed to the exaltation of the LORD so that worship flows out of that preaching.

INVITATION –

The closing hymn is a time for reflection, repentance, and rededication.