Bill was born and grew up in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, to an Irish father and English mother. When leaving school he trained as a mechanical engineer, serving an apprenticeship in his hometown of Bulawayo. In 1979 Bill, his wife Val and their two young sons emigrated to South Africa, where they lived for the next twenty-one years.
In 1987 Bill responded to God's call and entered the church as a pastoral assistant. He then served for five years as a Regional Director in Scripture Union. In 1994 Bill returned to ministry in the Methodist Church and continued to ordained ministry. In July 2000 Bill and Val emigrated to Ireland, where he has served as Circuit Superintendent, District Superintendent and this last year as the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland. He has a long-standing involvement in the Methodist Missionary Society and is currently the Chairman of the European Commission on Mission, (which is a gathering of the representatives of the Central and Northern European Methodist Mission Boards).
When Bill and Val have a chance for a break they are likely to be heading for London or Copenhagen to spend time with their sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. As Bill begins ministry in Darlington Circuit he asks for your prayers and support that we would all hear and respond to God's call upon our lives.