Pastor Bill grew up in the Chicago area, as did his wife, Barb. They both attended Walther Lutheran High School. While Barb went to Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL, for her Bachelors in Education, Pastor Bill went to the American Conservatory of Music for a Music Education degree, then back to Concordia for the Colloquy and the Master of Arts in Education degrees. From there, he went to Luther Theological Seminary for his pastoral Master of Divinity degree.
This is Pastor Bill’s 44th year in ministry. The first 9 were in the specialized lay ministries of youth, music and education. The past 35 have been in ordained ministry, serving congregations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has been Senior Pastor at Trinity since April of 1997.
Pastor Bill and Barb adopted the last of their 12 children in August 2008. Their children range in age from 10 to 43. They currently have 14 grandchildren. They have also been foster parents for more than 20 children over a 10 year span.