Found on GodTube.com, video of Gilbert Neil Amelio sculpting “The Face of Christ” on CBN. Amelio was in the Air Force when he started doing this, if I recall correctly. It’s been a few years since I saw him do this in person … it was 1975, in fact. I was in 8th grade, and he came to the Rockford Seventh-day Adventist Church. During the day, he spoke to us in the school, then he did the program in the evening. I was fascinated, and I did some charcoal drawings of his representation of Jesus that I sold to raise money for my 8th grade class trip. One was purchased for $25 by Nellie Vandeman, who was originally from Rockford (her husband, George, was speaker for the “It Is Written” television program).
I was wondering whatever happened to him, and so I Googled him tonight and I learned he was killed in 2006–struck by a car while walking. Obituary.