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Neil Gilliland, Ph.D.

Director of Member Care, Mobilization and Candidate Shepherd

In 2017, Neil was reinstated as director of member care at Free Will Baptist International Missions. From January 2010 to December 2016, he served as member care consultant for FWBIM and adjunct professor at Welch College. He also serves as an adjunct online professor for Liberty University. Additionally, he does some counseling, primarily with missionary families and premarital couples, and maintains a fairly rigorous speaking schedule. Neil served as director of member care from 2001 to 2009.

Neil grew up in southern Ohio in the rural community of Slocum Station. He was saved while attending Porter FWB Church. After graduating from high school, Neil attended Ohio State University. He graduated in 1974 with a degree in psychology, then enrolled at Welch College to study Bible and missions. He met Sheila (Raper) and they married in 1977. Sheila and Neil served as house parents at the Trula Cronk Home for Children in East Tennessee. For eight years, they served as dorm parents at a boarding school for missionary children under International Missions in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. They returned to the U.S. in 1987, and Neil became director of recruitment for Welch. Nearly 20 years after graduating from OSU, Neil returned to graduate school and completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University.

In his free time, Neil is an avid sports fan (especially Ohio State football), fishes every moment he can, and listens to bluegrass music. His wife Sheila is a postpartum nurse. They have one married daughter, Hannah, who is 25 years old and a preschool-aged grandson.

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