Gene Cloer served as the minister of the Prescott Church of Christ for 31 years,
from 1970 until he retired June of 2001. Gene had previously served churches in
Stilwell, Oklahoma and Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Gene attended Central Christian College, (now Oklahoma Christian College) in
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1952-53, and graduated from Northeastern State College
in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in 1967 with a B. A. in Speech.
Gene conducted gospel meetings in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois
and Oregon. He also participated in six missionary campaigns in India, during
the years of 1977, 1981, 1986, 1993, 1995 and 1996. The duration period of the
first three campaigns each were six weeks, and the last three campaigns, each
Gene was instrumental in beginning the community outreach program of Thursday
School for preschool children. This outreach program began in 1977, and
continued through the spring of 2000 . He helped organize and also participated
each year in Vacation Bible School, in which learning centers were used to teach
the local children.
In 1984 Gene organized a pulpit
exchange program which involves several congregations from the surrounding
counties in this area. This successful program begins each year in June and
continues through November. He also helped establish a local Christian Community
TV station in 1993. The station moved to Hope in 1997, and later changed its
name to KTSS. From the beginning, Gene participated in the televised program "The Way", in which four local area preachers discuss various
Bible topics. Gene has served as Master of Ceremonies several years for the
area-wide preachers, elders, deacons, and their wives, dinner meeting which
Gene presented a devotional to Hillcrest Care and Rehab in Prescott each
quarter. He also participated in the local Nevada County Jail Ministry which was
formed in the early part of 1998. Several men of the church meet weekly to serve
God through preaching the word to the inmates and to offer the Lord's Supper to
those who have obeyed the gospel.
Gene was born in Springdale, Arkansas, to Horace and Madge Cloer. He is married
to the former Betty Rouse of Farmington, Arkansas. They have two daughters:
Connie and (her husband) Stan Burnett of Atlanta, Georgia, and Betty and (her
husband) Mark Morris also of Atlanta, Georgia. Gene and Betty have one
granddaughter, Niki Burnett, and three grandsons, Jake Burnett, Chase Burnett,
and Ty Morris all of Atlanta, Georgia.
Gene's life and devotion to God's Word, has blessed many over the years; but
those of us who have seen his dedication and ability to preach God's Word each
week during these years, are the ones who have been blessed most of all. There
have been and presently are many great men who stand behind the pulpit and
preach God's Word. Gene Cloer is one of those men. Although having been blessed
by God with great ability to proclaim the Word, Gene is a man of humility. The
Prescott Church has been most fortunate to have had this man in their presence
during those years of service.
In June 2001, Gene and his wife, Betty, moved to Atlanta,
Georgia, to be near their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. One
of the ways he is continuing his service to the Lord is being involved in "Truth For Today".
"Truth For Today" is
printed literature sent into foreign fields to help and train native
preachers in their respective country.