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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 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 graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Regent University. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program with the University of Nottingham (England). 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.

Our Mission and Vision

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

You, therefore, my child, be strong in 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 ends 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

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory. 


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

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.


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

Our Beliefs
The Baptist Faith and Message- http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp