Pastor Bill grew up in Eufaula, Alabama. His story is one that is evidence of God’s grace and ability to change lives. Two weeks prior to his spiritual conversion, a young witness nervously knocked on his door. He quickly spoke these words to Bill.
“Everything you are looking for can be found in Jesus.”
On April 28, 1974, Bill was stabbed three times with a butcher knife and left for dead. It was in his dying state that Bill remembered the awkward exchange and those words. Right then and there at a light pole in the parking lot of a run-down theater, he repented of his sins and cried out to God, receiving Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. That became the turning point of his life. His transformation resulted in an undeniable love for God and an urgency to tell others about Jesus.
Later he would be certain of a “call” to ministry and he’d go on to graduate from Luther Rice Seminary earning Master of Arts, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees in time.
With only one child and almost 10 years after his salvation, Bill and Debbie were called to lead Cascade Hills Church of Columbus, Georgia on Easter Sunday April, 1983. There were 32 people present that day. With over 10,000 in our 2015 Easter service hearing the Gospel, people being baptized daily, we know how blessed we are and where our blessings come from.
Today, the very light pole that Bill clung to as he cried out to God serves as the centerpiece of a Prayer Garden at Cascade Hills Church. The inscription on the base of the pole reads:
Under this light on April 28, 1974 our Pastor cried out to God in desperation for a miracle that saved his soul & life. Perhaps your prayers to God in desperation today will be answered with the miracle you need.
Bill and his wife Debbie were married over 35 years ago, on July 1, 1980. They have 3 incredible sons, BJ, Brent and Blake, each married to beautiful wives with amazing gifts, along with 6 awesome grandchildren.
You can follow Bill on Twitter @Bill_Purvis or Instagram @BillPurvis.