Fr. Bill was born in Heidelberg, Germany and grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is a former Roman Catholic who was introduced to the Episcopal Church by his wife, Susan. Their first date was actually to church at her home parish, St. John’s in Tallahassee, Florida. The Baptist church was an important part of his life when he was a preteen. He is a fan of Jesus and the church, and college sports, especially SEC football and ACC basketball. He enjoys music and movies, hopes to get back into golf and playing guitar, and has friends and family of all kinds from super‐conservative to ultra‐liberal, gay and straight, white and Hispanic, Asian and African‐American.
Fr. Bill holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters and PhD in Sociology, and a Masters of Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary.
Before joining the Good Shepherd family, Fr. Bill was Assistant Rector for Family Life and Youth Ministries St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, Kansas. He has held the positions of Associate Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at the College of Charleston.
He is married to Susan Morgan, and has two daughters, Talley and Mary.
Theologian in residence
I grew up on a farm on the Virginia/North Carolina state line; stepping off the porch into the back yard took you from one state into the other. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Divinity School at Duke University. While at Duke, I was the "student pastor" of a "three point circuit" of three small United Methodist Churches, about 35 miles out in the country from Durham. After my wife finished her Master of Social Work degree at UNC, we moved to Columbia SC where I completed my training at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. I have served parishes in North Carolina, Georgia; and Tennessee. Along the way we added two boys to our family - Lowell (a Lutheran minister in Anchorage, Alaska) and Joseph (a legal aid attorney here in Hayesville) - and I earned a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction.
In 2002 I came to the Hinton Center to work in Spiritual Formation and Continuing Education for clergy. In 2008 I became the Assistant to the Bishop (in Episcopal terms, the Canon to the Ordinary) for the Lutheran bishop of Atlanta. While still living in Brasstown, I traveled across four southern states working with clergy placement, continuing education for clergy, and conflict resolution. in 2012 I became the priest-in-charge at Messiah Episcopal in Murphy. In 2014 I added St. Andrew Lutheran in Andrews to my little parish, serving both at the same time. In 2016 I semiretired and began a ministry of consulting and short-term interim ministry positions.
I was thrilled to be your Supply Priest for the three months of Father Breedlove's sabbatical. Good Shepherd has the option of using my gifts and availability as a direct result of the Called to Common Mission, a Full Communion Agreement that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (my denomination) and The Episcopal Church approved in the year 2000. Among other provisions, it makes possible the orderly exchange of clergy. I am available to anyone desiring help in spiritual formation and direction.
Tawanna Dutton, Church Administrator
Susan Wyman, Church Accountant
Pat Fox, Treasurer
Hattie Sheehy, Nursery Director
Keith Christensen, Music Director
Mary Carol Campbell, Organist
Carol Smucker, Pianist