Married Janene in 1981, together we went to Sydney Missionary and Bible College in 1983, followed by my studies at Moore College from 1984-87. I was ordained in Sydney, worked at St Luke Liverpool before moving to St Matthew’s Wanniassa in Canberra. I began work there under Ray and Shirley Smith and became the rector of the parish upon Ray Smith becoming a bishop in Sydney. I was in Wanniassa from 1992-2002 until taking up the role of evangelist with Evangelism Ministries in Sydney. From 2005 I was the rector of Engadine Heathcote Anglican Church until consecrated bishop of Armidale May 2012.
My passions are Jesus Christ, telling people about Him, my wife, Janene, our three children, their spouses, our one grandchild and all things sporting eg. fishing, golf and watching those sports I no longer have the body to play.
William worked in the general insurance industry eventually learning something about becoming an accident underwriter. However 6 months spent in famine relief work in northern Ethiopia changed a lot of his thinking. When asked of the value of relief work William said in 1974 that you can’t preach to starving people because the noise from their bellies drowns out the message; but at the same time there is no point simply feeding starving people so that they can go to hell with full stomachs.
Subsequently William studied at Sydney Missionary and Bible College and at Moore College, planning initially to return to Africa, but ending up in pastoring congregations in Goulburn, Penrith, and Grenfell. William, working alongside Grahame Smith (CEO of the Bible League) and Cecily Jackson (President of CWCI), brought together a group of six people to launch Know Your Bible for Men (KYB4M) in 2009. KYB4M uses the KYB studies and sell studies to groups right across Australia.
One of the joys of recent years has been to gather a group of local people to launch the Grenfell Food Hall 3 years ago, a group that seeks to be a living Christian witness bringing God’s love in practical ways to help people eat better and to stretch their money further. This has also led to being involved in leading a group of food rescue agencies across the central west to seek to work together to enhance each group’s work and ministry.
William and Leonie married in 1973. They have 4 married children and six grandchildren.
He enjoys reading crime novels and solving Sudoku puzzles; watching the Swans and St George play; as well as taking minutes at committee meetings, and writing or reviewing constitutions for not-for-profit organisations, especially Christian-based groups. William’s great passions are prayer, preaching, Bible study, and missions.