Meet Pastor William

I am honored to serve on staff alongside Matt Schell as a Pastor of Blue Ridge Community Fellowship. The Lord led me to partner with Pastor Matt and Blue Ridge after a previous 17 years serving on staff at a large church here in Oconee County. Over that time I served in various positions as Outreach/Missions Pastor, Pastor of Care, and also ministered as Worship Leader.

God called me into ministry in my early 20’s when He asked me one simple question during a motorcycle accident. Through the noise and scariness of crashing a 900cc Honda sportbike at about 50mph He spoke audibly. He said “Do you want to see Jesus, or tell people about Him?” I decided to tell people about Him!

Shortly after I healed from the broken bones and wounds, I moved to TX. I attended and graduated from Emmaus Road School of Ministry, and was given an internship/residency at a Southern Baptist church in Fort Worth, TX. During that time, the Lord opened doors for me to travel as a singer/songwriter with our band called “One Man’s Love”. I learned a lot about life and the Lord while traveling most of each year living out of a tour bus, vans, and airplanes as we saw thousands of people come to faith in Jesus. The Evangelist I worked with, Dave Roever, was a great mentor and influence in my life (along with powerful men of God that taught me in the ministry school and church such as John Wimber, James Robison, Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, Peter Lord, Lee Shaw, Paul Cain, Jack Taylor, TD and Dudley Hall, Leonard Ravenhill, and others).

After about two years, God called me to stop traveling, and plant a non-denominational church in Aurora, IL. (a Chicago suburb) along with my parents, sister, and her husband.

I am originally an Arkansas native, but the Lord has led me to live in SC, TX, and IL also at various points in my life. Thankfully Aurora, IL is where I met my wife Sarah, when she began attending the church we had planted there. We have two sons who are now grown men. Time flies!

Saying “Yes” to the Lord has given me many years of experience as a Pastor in various positions in multiple churches. I love pastoring, and am also passionate about leading people to worship God through songs and music. I have seen the Lord deliver, save, heal, and do other great miracles many times, and I believe God for more! Awakening and revival are at our threshold. Over the years, God has given me opportunities to minister in diverse groups of people, and allowed me to be involved in ministry with multiple churches and ministries in the USA and other countries such as Kenya, Malawi, and Liberia Africa, Haiti, and Mexico.

Sarah and I are honored to help lead Blue Ridge in our calling as a New Testament church. My heart is simply to love and care for people from all walks of life, and to point them to Jesus Christ, unity, and life in His kingdom any way I can.