Meet Bob and Lois Gillespie
Bob and Lois Gillespie spent the first 25 years of their married life in Northeast Ohio near their home church, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Smithville. They have 2 grown children, David and Gina. David is an attorney in Columbus, Ohio, and is married to Amy, the creative founder owner of The Campfire Experience; Gina is a Christian school curriculum specialist and makes her home in Butler, Ohio, with her husband, Brian, who is a middle school assistant principal. Brian and Gina are the parents of two of their granddaughters, Summer and Hannah; Dave and Amy are parents to their third granddaughter, Madeleine.
Bob and Lois taught in Christian schools in Ohio for 14 years. Through missions conferences at their church and because of their experiences in teaching, the Lord led them to teach missionary kids in West Africa. In 2001, they moved to Bouaké, Cote d’Ivoire, to teach at International Christian Academy (ICA). After the November 2004 evacuation from and subsequent closing of ICA, God redirected their ministry to Sahel Academy in Niamey, Niger, where they ministered for three years. Read more about their time in West Africa.
In 2009, God redirected the Gillespies to continue their ministry of Training the Next Generation in the states. Today, Bob is an apologetics speaker with Reasons for Hope (formerly with Answers in Genesis) with over 30 years experience teaching Bible, history, and science in Christians schools and churches both here in the US and in West Africa.
Bob’s goal is to teach the teachers (i.e., parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, youth directors, and pastors) the same things he taught his students in schools for many years: to uphold the authority of God’s Word beginning in Genesis 1, to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to confront the forces of secular humanism that are taking over our culture.