Neil was raised in the Barren Ridge area of Augusta County and graduated in 1990 from Fort Defiance High School. He and wife Jennifer were married in 2009 and have a four-year-old son. An active, lifelong member of the Barren Ridge Church of the Brethren, Neil has coached church and law enforcement softball teams for a number of years.
Neil's family roots run deep. The grandson of the late Junior "Joe" and Charlene Kester, and son of Jesse and Midge Kester, he learned the value of hard work, dedication, and honesty. He was raised that if you orient yourself in the right direction you can pass on those values on to your children and community. Sharing the values of work, faith, and family are not just an activity for Neil; they are a way of life to help his community grow and pass down traditions for the next generations.