A native son of Georgia, Adam Neal and his wife Lauren, a special education elementary teacher, live deep in the woods at his familial property in Woodland, GA outside of Thomaston. A lifelong student, Adam has earned four degrees: BA from Mercer University double major in Philosophy and Christianity with a minor in New Testament Greek, MTS from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, MATS from Liberty University, and PhD in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University. His dissertation, When Two Become One, argued for a renewal of traditional Christian marriage as a sacred rite. For nine years he taught in the department of Religion and Philosophy at Young Harris College and was very active in student ministry there. Adam and Lauren have three children: Sinclair, Ruth, and Octavia (who keep them very busy). Adam deeply loves traditional hymns and plays the old-time (clawhammer) style banjo, which he uses to lead worship, but also enjoys bluegrass gospel music and contemporary praise music, allowing for a blended traditional worship experience. As a father, Adam understands the difficulties facing young persons today and hopes to bring his knowledge and experience to the youth of the church to help them grow in their faith and prepare them for going out into the world. As an expert in the field of apologetics (how to discuss issues of faith and religion), he has considered a wide range of viewpoints and is open to discussion whenever questions arise. Adam and his family are very excited to be at Valley Grove Baptist Church and are working diligently to advance its mission and ministry.