Bill is a “common good” and social media conspirator. He believes that Jesus models for us a way of life that uplifts the poor, embodies justice, and calls us to seek out meaningful relationship with the marginalized. Bill takes a holistic approach to faith, and values the spiritual practices of meditation, no-barriers hospitality, and relational service as a means to deepen love of God and neighbor. He is known for challenging the Church to (re)imagine itself in this spiritually inclusive age, and is continually exploring new ways to “do church” in the 21st century.
Bill grew up on the east coast just outside of Annapolis, MD. His mother recently retired as a Middle School Counselor and his father, who previously worked as an Engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory, now operates a home renovation business, “Hawk Home Services.”
Bill attended the University of Tennessee, where he received his B.A. in Sociology. While at UT, Bill became intimately involved in the Presbyterian Center Campus Ministry and, thanks to the urging of his campus minister, lived as a Student Manager in a transitional facility for former criminal offenders. Upon graduation, he spent a year living overseas in Ghana, West Africa, learning the local language (Dagbani) and farming with the villagers.
Upon returning to the United States, Bill attended graduate school at Union Presbyterian Seminary (M.Div)and Virginia Commonwealth University (M.S.W.) in Richmond, VA. He participated in internships at the New Orleans Police Department, First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Virginia Supportive Housing and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. Bill met his beautiful wife Amy met during orientation at Union Seminary in 1999. They married in 2002.
Since moving to Davis in 2005, Bill and Amy have had two children, Amelie and Asher. They also have a hairless Sphynx cat named Bella Cinderella. In his spare time, Bill enjoys cooking and experimenting with social media & technology.
- 2014 Yolo County “Justice Leadership Award”
- 2014 Thong Hy Huynh Award for “Excellence in Community Involvement”
- 2014 Jay T. Gerber “Young Community Leader” Award
- 2011 Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter “Lifetime Achievement” Award
WHAT I’M WORKING ON
The following blog entries are “broad strokes” intended to help keep the congregation abreast of current work.