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Date of Birth: 1965 , January-1
Birth Nation: United States
Name Gil Bates
Birth Name Gilvin Bates
Nick Name Gil
Father Bill Bates
Mother Jane Bates
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Honea Path, South California
Religion Christianity
Ethnicity White
Profession TV show star, Director
Working For Institute in Basic Life Principles, Bates Tree Service
Net Worth estimated $250,000 and combined $1 million
Married Yes
Married to Kelly Lo Collaham (M. 30 December, 1988)
Children Zachary, Michael Christian, Erin Elise, William Lawson, Kenneth Nathaniel , Alyssa Joy , Tori Layne , Trace Whitfield, Carlin Brianne, Josie Kellyn, Katie Grace, Jackson Ezekiel, Warden Justice, Isaiah Courage, Addallee Hope, Ellie Bridge, Callie-Anna Rose, Judson Wyatt, and Jeb Colton
Education Anderson University
TV Show Bringing Up Bates
Siblings Greg Bates and Jennifer.

Quick Timeline of Gil Bates

1965 Born in South California
2008 First introduced to the Public
2014 Premiered Bringing Up Bates
1988 Married his college sweetheart
2018 Net Worth around $250K

Detail Timeline of Gil Bates

January 1 , 1965

Born in South California

Gil was born on January 1, 1965, to Bill Bates and Jane Bates in Honea Path, South California. Gil was raised along with his siblings Greg Bates and Jennifer Bates. 


First introduced to the Public

In 2008, the Bates family were Introduced to the public from an episode of 17 Kids and Counting. The Bates family were close friends of the Duggar family. 


Premiered Bringing Up Bates

2012: Premiered their own TLC show United Bates of America. 

2014: Premiered their second reality show Bringing Up Bates. 

December 30 , 1988

Married his college sweetheart

1988: Gil married his college sweetheart Kelly Jo Collaham. Together they have 19 children, 9 boys and 10 girls. 


Net Worth around $250K

2018: Gil through his TV career has managed to make $250k and combined $1 million net worth. His only way of earning is his reality show and his excavation company. 


Gil Bates is a TV reality star known for his TV show Bringing Up Bates on Up TV. The show centers around Gil, Kelly and their 19 children.

Gil born was born as Gilvin Bates to Bill Bates and Jane Bates on January 1, 1965, in Honea Path, South California. He was raised along with his siblings Greg Bates and Jennifer.

Gil was obsessed with football from a young age and started playing by the age of eight. Gil attended Belton-Honea Path High School. He then attended Anderson University where he met his future wife, Kelly Jo Callaham.

Gil became Christian at the age of ten when one of his coaches, Kenny Ashley, started a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He began attending Austin Road Baptist Church with the permission of his parents.

The reality TV star owns the Bates Tree Service, a tree excavating company. He opened his church, Bible Baptist Church in September 2015. He also serves as a member of the board of directions for the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Gil and his family were introduced to the public in 2008 via an episode of 17 Kids and Counting with their family friends the Duggar Family. They appeared in many episodes during the show.

On 13 August 2012, Bates premiered their own TLC show United Bates of America. The show ran for one season, however, got canceled on October 6, 2012.

On November 18, 2014, the Bates family made the announcement of their second reality show Bringing Up Bates. It was premiered on January 1 and is on its sixth season currently.

Gil married his college sweetheart Kelly Jo Callaham on December 30, 1988. They first met in a chemistry class and fell in love. They had their first child Zachary on December 30, 1988 and later Michael Christian (B. 23 January, 1990), Erin Elise (B. 2 May, 1991), William Lawson (B. 7/27/92), Kenneth Nathaniel (B. 8/29/93), Alyssa Joy (B. 11/9/94),Tori Bates (B. 12/20/95).

After them, they also gave birth to Trace Whitfield (B. 2/1/97), Carlin Brianne (B. 4/11/98), Josie Kellyn (B. 8/4/99), Katie Grace (B. 10/5/00), Jackson Ezekiel (B. 2/17/02), Warden Justice ( B. 5/19/03), Isaiah Courage (B. 10/16/04), and Addallee Hope (B./ 2/17/06).  

They didn't stop giving birth to children until Ellie Bridge (B. 4/28/07), Callie-Anna Rose (B. 8/2/09), Judson Wyatt (B. 9/15/10), and Jeb Colton (B. 2/1/12) were born.

Gil’s daughter Erin married Chad Paine on November 2, 2013. The pair has three children Charles Stephen (Carson) born in 5/14/15, Brooklyn Elise born in 8/6/16, and Everly Hope born in 3/30/18.

On December 14, 2013, Zach married Whitney Perkins, and has two children together, Bradley Gilvin born in 10/29/14 and Kaci Lynn in 5/20/16.

Gil’s daughter Alyssa married John Webster on May 24, 2014, and has three children together, Allie Jane, born in 4/11/15, Lexi Mae, in 1/26/17 and Zoey Joy, in 3/28/18.

On August 15, 2015, Michaela married Brandon Keilen. However, the couple does not have any children together.

And on December 16, 2017, Tori married Bobby Smith. The pair is expecting their first child due this fall.

Being married at an early age, neither Gil nor Kelly is seen having extra affairs or seen with anyone. There is no information on Gil's past relation, girlfriend or divorce. 

On October 20, 2015, against the Institute in Basic Life Principles and its board members a lawsuit was filed claiming ‘sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate touching’. However, on November 13, 2015, it was cleared that the lawsuit was misplaced with Bill Gothard being the only source of misbehavior and on December 2, 2015, the complaint was dismissed.

Gil nationality is American and ethnicity is white. The TV reality star through his successful TV serial has managed to make $250,000 net worth and when combined, it is estimated to be $1 million. His salary is under review.