I am a blessed man. I was born into a loving family in November 1955, third child and only son. My father was a career Army Chaplain who in retirement from military service was pastor in several churches including Sunnyland Christian Church in 1972-1976. As an “army brat” and preacher’s kid, I lived several places before moving to Sunnyland and attending Washington High School for my senior year.
I met the love of my life and wife of 38+ years at Sunnyland Christian Church and Patty and I married in 1976. We are proud parents of four grown children: David, Brian, Katie, and John. Brian and Jess in Nashville, TN had our first grandchild, a girl named Neve, in January, 2014. Our second grandchild, Ben, was born to David and Betsy in greater Chicago in March, 2014. Katie married John Gierszewski in a very small ceremony on Thanksgiving Day, 2013 and then moved to Cartersville, GA. And John is living in Sunnyland and enjoying playing his upright in The Way Down Wanderers.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary, along with continued education in my life’s work with churches. After serving in churches in several states since 1977, I became the pastor of Sunnyland Christina Church in September, 2008.
I enjoy joining in with others in the efforts to glorify God and lift up Jesus Christ in a world of need. I also love to have time to rejoice in the blessings of life with my family and with friends. Music and drama have always been a pleasure. I like sports and various games. Patty and I enjoy traveling. And those who know me and my family have been subjected to “Williams humor.”
It is a joy to serve Jesus Christ with the loving people of Sunnyland Christian Church and to join with other Christians and people of this area to seek to be a blessing to the glory of God!
And as people continue to work at rebuilding after a devastating tornado on November 17, 2013, may God bless Washington!