Neil Joyner Eskelin
CHARLOTTE - Neil Joyner Eskelin entered into the presence of the Lord, August 21st in Charlotte, NC. He died from complications of a stroke. He was born June 7th, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, and is survived by his wife, Anne, his son, Ian, daughter in law Peggy, and his beloved grandson Aiden, his sister LuWayne Arnold of Florida, and a loving family of nieces and nephews. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College, his MA in communications from Ohio State University and a specialist’s degree in education from the University of Miami. Neil was a lecturer for many national speaking bureaus and served on the Board of Governors of The National Platform Association. Eskelin was a member of the faculty and administration at Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri and a Development Officer at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He founded LifeBridge Books. Eskelin was involved with more than 200 books, with 4 million copies sold, and authored, among others, Yes, Yes, Living in a No NoWorld and 101 Promises Worth Keeping. He took great joy in mentoring and encouraging future writers. In 1963, Neil joined Pat Robertson’s CBN as the first employee, where he directed and hosted on- air programs. Neil traveled the world through his speaking engagements and with the first ORU Abundant Life Youth Team. Eskelin was president of the Rotary Club, Springfield, Missouri. His passions in life were his faith, his family and writing at which he was gifted. He will be remembered for his ever present smile plus his unshakable positive attitude in every situation. A private family graveside service will be held at Calvary Church, August 29th, followed by a celebration honoring his life at 2 p. m. Wednesday August 29th at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. A reception following is planned for friends to greet the family. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made to Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary, 14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC, 28273.