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2009 Conversations


2008 Conversations


2007 Conversations


Roundtable: Reed, Davis, Sandoz
12.31.06

Jimmy Blackwood
12.17.06

Jonny Lang
12.10.06

Dick Eastman
11.26.06

Darrin Rodgers
11.19.06

Gerry Hindy
11.12.06

Ralph Carmichael
10.29.06

Charles Crabtree
10.15.06

Matthew Ward
10.8.06

B.J. Thomas
9.24.06

Roundtable: Lewis, Goerzen, Bryant
9.17.06

Howard Dayton
9.10.06

Tom Clegg
8.27.06

Eric and Leslie Ludy
8.20.06

Lisa Whelchel
8.13.06

Thomas E. Trask
7.30.06

Chonda Pierce
7.23.06

Dean Merrill
7.16.06

Linda Holley
7.9.06

Gen. Leo Brooks
6.25.06

John Smoltz
6.18.06

Alton Garrison
6.11.06

Doug Britton
5.28.06

Jim Coy
5.21.06

Janet Parshall
5.14.06

Jack Murphy
4.30.06

Steve Saint
4.16.06

Bruce Marchiano
4.9.06

John W. Whitehead
3.26.06

Scott McChrystal
3.19.06

Chris Neau
3.12.06

Karen Kingsbury
2.26.06

Flynn Atkins
2.19.06

Tommy Nelson
2.12.06

Corey Simon
1.29.06

Steven Curtis Chapman
1.22.06

Byron Klaus
1.15.06

Gary Denbow
1.8.06


Conversation: Chris Neau

Chris Neau, 27, is embarking on a career as a professional fisherman with the BASS national federation. During the past 12 years, Neau has been mastering fishing, saving money for a boat and completing a college degree while pursuing a call to use pro fishing as a platform to share Jesus Christ. Recently, Neau spoke with Associate Editor Kirk Noonan about his trek into the professional fishing ranks.

tpe: How did this calling to fish come about?

NEAU: When I was 15 the Bassmaster Classic came to New Orleans. As my dad and I sat in the Superdome and watched the weigh-in, tears welled in my eyes as the presence of the Lord came upon me. I knew God wanted to use me in professional bass fishing. Since then IÕve been pursuing it.

tpe: How did you go about turning that calling into reality?

NEAU: I kept fishing, going to school and working in the grocery business. Through my job I was able to buy a Ranger Z series boat and a truck. Some weeks IÕd work 55 to 60 hours a week. Now I do bass seminars for love offerings. ItÕs been a long process, but IÕll never give up on what God has called me to do.

tpe: So, for you, thereÕs a lot more to being a professional fisherman than just fishing?

NEAU: ItÕs really about putting God first and just being around anglers who I can minister to. Of course I want to win tournaments, but this isnÕt about fame, fortune and glory; itÕs about representing and sharing Christ.

tpe: Your dad [George Neau] is an Assemblies of God minister who has spent much time ministering in the inner city; do you have a heart for the inner city too?

NEAU: When I was a kid, having someone take me to the lake to fish made me feel like a million dollars. I want inner-city kids to feel that way too, so on a regular basis IÕll be holding fishing camps for them each summer. WeÕll go to a lake, have a weigh-in and give away plenty of prizes. In the process, we hope to earn the right to share the gospel with them. (For more information visit: www.chrisneaufishing.com.)

tpe: How will you stay spiritually focused being away from your home church, family and friends during tournaments?

NEAU: I pray by phone with my dad before every major tournament. I also attend church in the cities where I fish and I have a prayer time and Bible study every day. Without God at the center of this, my dream will completely fall apart.

tpe: When you tell people youÕre called to be a professional fisherman, what has been their reaction?

NEAU: IÕve had many people — even Christians — say fishing wonÕt pay the bills; itÕs a waste of time. But IÕd say no matter what God has called you to do, donÕt let go of it no matter what anyone says.

tpe: What other advice do you give people who have an extraordinary or unique call on their lives?

NEAU: Never let go of your God-given dreams.

tpe: You call New Orleans your hometown. Have you been back since Hurricane Katrina?

NEAU: I love the city of New Orleans. My father and I flew back to the city a few weeks after Katrina. I fought back tears as we drove for miles looking at the devastation. I want the people of the Gulf Coast to know my heart and my prayers are with them. New Orleans will always be my home.

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