on Lincoln Way and Emma in Coeur d’Alene for most of their school years but in 1968 a new family joined the Church, their name was Remington. Little did they know that many years later Tim Remington and Kurt would cross paths again and be joined by the Lord in ministry together at The Altar Church.
In 1976 Kurt moved to Plains, Montana to live with his Saintly Grandmother Irene and to play basketball his senior year of High School. He graduated second in his class of a whopping 50 students. After working in the woods as a choker setter with his cousins for the summer, Kurt decided, it would be wise to use the scholarship he had won and attend college. (He is really not as dumb as he looks!) With that decision, he enrolled at Montana State University in the fall of 1977 and graduated four years later, Summa Cum Laud, with a degree in Business Management, as he wanted to follow in his father’s and uncles footsteps as a successful businessman.
In 1984, Kurt met a beautiful young lady named Dolly DuBois and fell in love but it took five years for him to convince Dolly that she was in love too. Kurt’s persistence paid off and they were wed in the fall of 1989. Although Kurt and Dolly loved each other and had many happy times and adventures together they were not seeking the Lord in their lives and were content to attend church occasionally and live a kind of pseudo Christianity. They moved to Santa Monica California in 1991 to work for a Persian Developer and during that time the Lord began to work on them very firmly and deeply. They returned to Coeur d’Alene in 1993 and began attending a new church on the Rathdrum Prairie called New Life Community Church. Under Pastor Bruce Miles powerful preaching, conviction came and Kurt began to realize that the powerless Christianity he was living was not what Jesus had purchased for him on that Cross. In May of 1996, right before their first child, Shay was born; Kurt was compelled to attend a Promise Keepers Event in the Seattle Kingdom. There the Lord Jesus radically and miraculously saved him and delivered him from a life of secret sin and bitterness.
Immediately, the Lord began to heal Kurt and groom him for ministry, first as a leader in Men’s Ministry at New Life Community Church and then after Pastor Bruce’s passing as a “leader in training” at Word of Life Community Church in Newman Lake, WA under the mentorship of Pastor Carl Hampsch. During those years God was not only building Kurt and Dolly’s faith and ministry but He was also building their family as it continued to grow to five beautiful, healthy children, Shay, Seraphine (Sary), Seth, Greta and Shiloh. Three girls and two boys, what an amazing joy and blessing!
In 2004, Kurt was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and began serving as Associate Pastor at Word of Life. Kurt has followed in the footsteps of his Grandfather Reverend Lee Carney and has been a working pastor or a “tent making pastor” like the Apostle Paul. He has operated a variety of businesses throughout his working life but has most recently settled into Administrating an openly Christian Assisted Living Facility and In-Home Care business in Hayden, where Kurt serves as a Pastor to 32 residents, their families and 80 plus employees.
In 2005, the Lord renewed a childhood friendship in that He brought an old family friend back into Kurt’s life, Pastor Tim and Cindy Remington and their family. Soon it was apparent that the Lord was moving the Neely family into a completely different type of Church and eventually ministry. Jesus said in John 5:19, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” In other words, Jesus was constantly looking to see where His Father was working and then He would join Him in that work. It didn’t take them long to realize that God was working in mighty and miraculous ways at The Altar Church and its sister ministry Good Samaritan Rehabilitation and that Father God was calling them to join Him in that work.
At that time, Kurt and Dolly felt compelled of the Lord to resign their position at Word of Life and begin attending with his family at this “rogue” church that was at that time meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Inn. They had no expectations for leadership or ministry but God had a different plan and quickly moved Kurt into counseling ministry, deaconship and then Associate Pastor. In the six years that Kurt has been serving at the Altar, the Lord has done some amazing and miraculous things in both the Church and the Rehabilitation ministries. Kurt and his family are simply honored, humbled and thrilled to have a very small part to play in what God is doing here at The Altar Church.
I am constantly in awe of the redemptive power of Jesus Christ to take a life ravaged by sin and redeem it for His Glory and Service. If he can take a life like mine that was lived selfishly and sinfully for thirty-eight painful years and redeem the time, transform it, bless it, direct it, and use it for His purposes, then no life is beyond his loving grasp, one soul at a time!
Associate Pastor Kurt Neely
Kurt Neely can be contacted at email@example.com