A: 9 large, single topping pizzas and 1.5 gallons of ice cream
Q: What makes Lawson laugh?
A: The Dick Van Dyke Show
Q: How much does the Bates family spend at McDonald’s?
A: Approximately $50
Q: What is the family’s favorite activity?
A: Anything that involves water, especially visiting the lake.
Q: Who is the best cook?
A: Callie says Michaella. Gil says: “Whoever cooks is the best cook.”
Q: What is Lawson’s favorite guitar brand?
Q: How did Gil become a pastor?
A: By serving alongside other pastors
Q: How do the kids find alone time?
A: Josie says: “There’s plenty of outdoor space.”
Q: What denomination are the Bates, and where do they attend church?
A: The Bates are Independent Baptist. They attend Bible Baptist Church, which meets at the Holiday Inn Express in Clinton, Tennessee, on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and Wednesday evenings.
Q: What are the Bates' favorite indoor games?
A: Card games
Q: Are the Bates recognized everywhere they go?
A: Not always, but they really enjoy meeting fans.
Q: How can you meet the Bates family?
A: By visiting their church (see above).
Q: What is Carlin up to these days?
A: Carlin will start an online degree at Crown College Minnesota in fall 2016.
Q: The Bates enjoy singing together as a family and have performed at quite a few churches and conferences over the years. What is their favorite song to share with others?
A: "The Lord Has Blessed Me In So Many Ways"
The Lord has blessed me in so many ways,
That I could not begin to tell you how good He has been
He's my Friend, He's my Guide, He's my Shepherd, my Light,
The Lord has blessed me in so many ways.
And I have been blessed with a family that has felt God's great touch,
He's been present in trials and He loves me so much
Though we fail, though we stumble on His Word we still stand,
And we know He'll be faithful to reach that fair end
But the greatest of all blessings that I ever received,
Was His saving power when on His name I believed
Well, I had nothing to offer but my guilt and my sin,
It was all through the blood and His holy Name
We've been soo blessed, sooo blessed,
Blessed by His bountiful hand
Q: Do the Bates consider themselves to be good singers?
A: According to Gil, whether they have quality voices doesn't much matter because they are obeying the Biblical command to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
Q: What is the family's go-to news source, and who is the most likely to share a current event with the rest of the clan?
A: SRNNews.com; Zach
Q: How many bedrooms and bathrooms does the Bates' house have?
A: 8-1/2 bathrooms (they only had three before adding on several years ago) and 6 bedrooms (two for the girls, two for the boys, one for Mom and Dad, and one for guests).
Q: Who is the best swimmer?
Q: Do Gil and Kelly enjoy traveling?
A: Kelly does. Gil is more of a homebody, but he has taken his wife on several trips since they were married.
Q: Who is the biggest practical jokester?
A: Gil. It used to be Erin, although Kelly says she "married somebody so mature that she kind of grew out of the prank stage."
Q: How long were Kelly's 19 labors?
A: Her longest was 21 hours, and her shortest was one hour.
Q: What is the Bates' mailing address?
A: PO Box 544 Rocky Top, TN 37769