Friday, January 1, 2016

Celebrating the Bates Dad

Many of you are aware that Gil Bates was an athletic teenager, but did you know that he won the 1983 South Carolina State Wrestling Championship at age 18? He was also voted Most Outstanding Wrestler.
But more impressive than Gil's athletic accomplishments is his solid example of Christ-likeness and biblical manhood. Wishing the Bates patriarch a happy birthday and a blessed year ahead!

The Bates family has another reason to celebrate, as they look forward to seeing their family grow in the New Year. Watch the season three premiere of Bringing Up Bates to find out who's expecting! (Click here for details.)

Gil and Kelly Bates visit John, Alyssa, and Allie Webster

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  1. When was season 2?

  2. Happy Birthday Gil! You're a great example of a godly man and a wonderful role model.

  3. Happy Birthday Gil! Enjoy your day! Gil is only 7 years and 7 days older then me.

  4. Happy Birthday Gil! Hope it was a great day for you!

  5. Happy Birthday Gil. By the way, is Alyssa the one making you a grandfather again? Her dress looks awful full in the midsection. Congratulations on the new grandbaby to be.

  6. Hope you had a great birthday.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  7. Happy Birthday Gil! You are such an awesome man of God! You and Kelly have such an approachable and relatable personality. It is easy for me to follow the Lord after watching you on your show. Such an inspiration!