Grant and Dottie Nealis
Grant began his relationship with One Mission Society when he was accepted as an OMS Crusader to Japan in 1954, his senior year at Asbury College. He joined the team of Japanese workers in Nagoya in 1955 where they started a church that still ministers today. In May 1957, Grant returned to the U.S. and met Dottie Bryan, a recent graduate of Pacific Bible College and an OMS missionary candidate to Brazil to teach missionary children. They were married December 13, 1958. Grant graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in June 1960. Their son, Jonathan, was born a few days later. The OMS Hong Kong field invited the Nealis family to join them in their ministries. They arrived in Hong Kong via ship on Feb. 11, 1961. During their first term in Hong Kong, Grant worked with the Every Creature Crusade (now Every Community for Christ) to start a church in an industrial village. In the early 60s, Grant and Dottie’s constituency matched gifts to buy a shop space in a multi-storied building for this new church in memory of Dottie’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Bryan. That congregation outgrew the shop and is now in their third location. Since secondary schools were urgently needed, and young people were most responsive to the Gospel, God gave Grant and Dottie a vision to start a high school. Others with the same vision joined them to establish United Christian College. Still today, about 70% of the students accept Christ as their Savior while they study there. Furthermore, several of them have been called into the ministry. Because Hong Kong was a noisy place for young people to study, Grant and Dottie provided quiet places on the ground floor in residential buildings. The students listened to the Nealis’ message of Christ’s love, and churches were formed in each of these places. Young people who have studied there have gone on to become teachers, pastors, doctors, lawyers, etc. By 1983, the Nealis family was now six—Jon, Nancy, Melody and Cherry. Grant and Dottie responded to OMS’ invitation to become the director of the national ministries department, which funded scholarships for OMS-affiliated seminaries overseas. They sensed a need to have a regular income to supplement the individual scholarships that donors were providing. The OMS Board of Directors approved establishing the Central Theological Education Endowment Fund. The CTEEF was set up to be an umbrella fund to help establish an unlimited number of endowed scholarships. During the past 25 years, Grant and Dottie have funded scholarships in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene (Esther) Erny, Charles and Martha Elkjer, Hubert and Melva Clevenger, Rolland and Mildred Rice and three generations of the Kilbourne family. OMS donors have given $1.6 million to these various funds. The payout in March 2007 will bring the grand total since 1986 to more than $1 million in scholarships distributed to 700 students. Since retirement, Grant and Dottie continue to raise funds for endowed scholarships, with a goal of $5 million. They could use your help! Please pray how you might be a part. One Mission Society is an evangelical, interdenominational faith mission that makes disciples of Jesus Christ through intentional evangelism, planting churches and training national leaders in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. OMS then joins with those churches in global partnerships to reach the rest of the world.