After 20 years as a Wall Street sales and marketing executive, Will followed the Lord’s call to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, earning his Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages and Steward Leadership. His doctoral studies focused on an Old Testament theology of giving, and produced a best-selling book, God’s Givers: Seven Old Testament Stories of Fearless Giving. Ordained to the ministry, Will is a frequent preacher at churches across the USA and abroad, and serves as an adjunct professor of Old Testament at Trinity College and Seminary in Manipur, India. His twin passions are sharing the unity of the Bible story around God’s Promise Plan (fulfilled in Jesus Christ) and describing the intimate connection between biblical faith and generosity as recorded in the narratives of both the Old and New Testaments.
Most recently, Will served as Vice President of the UnityPoint Health Foundation in Central Illinois. Prior to that, Will was Chief Generosity Officer for WaterStone (Christian Community Foundation), educating and equipping Christian givers with tax-advantaged giving strategies to steer vital financial support to ministries, churches and charities that do the Lord’s work every day.
Will currently serves on the boards of Bibles for the World, Peoria Christian School and the National Center for Stewardship and Generosity. Will and his wife Heather each lead Bible classes at Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria, Illinois. Their family includes their son Sam (7 years old), two adult sons, Heather’s mother Elizabeth, a cat and a wicked smart rescue dog who is clearly the Stevens pack leader. Will and his family are looking forward to relocating to the Temecula area and connecting with the EGM community.