Bill was born in 1958 and is a native of Fort Worth Texas and the son of a Baptist minister. He married Cindy in 1977 and they have 2 children; a daughter Shannon who is married to Dr. Rick Townsley and a son Billy who is married to Whitney and is a professional drummer. Shannon gave birth to their first grandchildren in April 2011, a set of twins, Sam and Emma! Bill graduated from Metro City Christian High School in 1976. He received a Graduate of Theology degree from North Texas Baptist College; a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Sacramento Baptist College, Sacramento, California; a Master of Arts in Bible from Baptist Christian University and a PhD in Theology from Louisiana Baptist University. In addition, Baptist Christian University conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity. He also attended the Criswell Center for Biblical Studies in Dallas, Texas, and Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia. Bill served on the ministry staff of The First Baptist Church of Fort Worth for over twenty-two years, over twelve of which he served as Senior Pastor. Under his leadership the church retired a large indebtedness, grew to over 2300 members. The facilities were remodeled and new services added to accommodate the Sunday morning crowds. In 1990 he led The First Baptist Church of Fort Worth in a historic return to the fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention. In August 1996 he led the church to begin an extension that soon became a mission church called the Metroport Cities Fellowship or The Met Church in Southlake, Texas. For six months he preached in both locations every Sunday until he resigned the Fort Worth church in February 1997 to give his full time commitment to The Met.